Tonight, I learnt 3 things.
- If you want to take a photo of a passing satellite, you need more than 2 or 3 minutes notice. I noticed on Twitter that Envisat was due overhead. I rushed out to the car to get the tripod, got set up (having changed lens; the right lens is never on the camera when you need it), pointed in the general direction, just in time for the prescribed flyover time to pass. I didn’t even see it with my eyes, never mind the camera…
- A 300mm lens really isn’t long enough to take very good pictures of the moon. Yes, you can see what it is, and you can make out the details, but that’s quite a severe crop up there, and it’s really quite soft. Bah.
- My tripod is rubbish. It’s better than handholding, but only just. It’s so wobbly.
Anyway, having failed to take a photo of my intended target, I thought I’d go after a rather larger target. Behold, cliché photograph #84773.