Stargazing from the Gower

Rose and I admiring the summer Milky Way. Credit: Will Gater

With the awful weather we’ve had here in the UK this summer I’ve had hardly any astro images to share here on the blog. Thankfully, things seem to be improving* as we enter autumn. Here are a few shots I captured last weekend while camping in the Gower with my wife, Rose.

We camped at Three Cliffs Bay on the south coast. It’s a beautiful part of Wales with clear views out over the Bristol Channel to the south — perfect for observing, low altitude, summer objects like the Lagoon Nebula and the many interesting star clusters in and around Sagittarius and Ophiuchus. The skies were wonderfully dark looking out over the Bristol Channel to the southwest; sadly the same can’t be said for the view looking east, towards Swansea and Port Talbot, where substantial light pollution masked everything but the brightest stars.

Anyway, if you’d like to see some of the objects in these images yourself you’ve got a few weeks before they disappear into the twilight for a while — September’s Sky at Night Magazine has a great observing article on pages 32-37 to get you started.

* I may regret writing that.

The Scutum Star Cloud, within the Milky Way. Credit: Will Gater

The Eagle Nebula (M16), with the ‘Pillars of Creation’. Credit: Will Gater

The Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae among the Milky Way star fields. Credit: Will Gater

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