Astrophotography in your backyard #1: shooting star trails

(Image credit: Jamie Carter)

Is the lockdown helping to create the best night skies for years? The lack of air pollution from aircraft and cars, and a cut in light pollution from the latter’s headlights, has contributed to sparkling night skies in recent weeks. Europe has also been blessed with a lot of clear weather, which is equally as important – if not more so – for astrophotography. 

Either way, there hasn’t been a better week for decades to get out into your back garden (or even just poke lens out a window) to capture some sparkling celestial events. And this week we have a series of five astrophotography projects for you to try…

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.