Astrophotography in your backyard #3: shoot a meteor shower

(Image credit: Jamie Carter)

The lockdown has made this a great spring to shoot the night sky... but everything comes into perfect alignment this week, to make this the perfect time to try astrophotography.

It all comes to a head this week as a New Moon on Thursday, 23 April brings the darkest night skies possible … just as a meteor shower peaks. With four visible planets and a super-slim crescent moon about to grace twilight, there are few better weeks this year – possibly ever – to have a go at astrophotography from home. 

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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.