By dashastro, Jul 28 2018 07:37AM
After weeks of virtually unbroken sunshine and clear nights, we had a day of sunshine through high cloud... Looking good, we set of 19:30 BST with some cloud to the South. Got to our event viewing site ( Dunwich Heath N.T.) set up the 8"Newt, to get Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in twilight, set my camera and tripod ready.... We had low cloud to the East over the North Sea so wouldn't get first moonrise. Then as the magic hour arrived, so did the first spots of rain, flashes of lightning and claps of thunder. A mad dash to pack the gear back into the car, with the help from some friends.... The 100 or so people that had joined us scattered to the wind.
A few if us remained in the vain hope we would get a break and make attempts at lightning shots, but as usual either to late or facing the wrong way. Thank goodness for digits cameras, all I need to do is delete blank shots. Well that's astronomy here on the east coast of the U.K.
I'll always have September 2015... :-)