Last Friday night I broke with tradition and went out. And didn't get back to the comforting embrace of Château DeVice and into bed until almost the Witching Hour!
Have no fear, though. I wasn't out on the lash or terrorising the neighbourhood as I might once have done in my yoof. No, making the most of the first clear late evening/early night sky in what feels like months, I wandered up Madam's Lane (not a euphemism) with Camera and took some photos as the stars came out.
As it was too dark to use Camera's panoramic function, I had to resort to sticking two photos together to get these wider shots spanning two compass points. Apologies for the rather noticeable join lines - I'm sure there must be some sort of software for smoothing them out, but that would entail me knowing about such things and being able to use it! Oh, and another thing: apart from the labelled photos, I haven't engaged in any editing/brightening jiggery-pokery with these images - they are just as they came out of Camera (which is why the stars are so dim).
From left to right, this is the view West to North at just gone 10pm (not long after the sun had set). As there was still plenty of light, I only set Camera's exposure time to 15 seconds rather than the usual 30 for night sky shots.
Above we have the view East to South over the fields. Delphinus is slap bang in the middle of the left side, but so faint as to be barely noticeable. Altair, the primary star of the constellation Aquila however, is very noticeable right in the centre of the whole image.