Astrophotography in your backyard #4: pick out planetshine on the moon

(Image credit: Jamie Carter)

This has been, on paper at least, one of the best weeks ever to try astrophotography.  The global lockdown means much less pollution in the atmosphere, giving a clearer view of the stars.... and then there is the added bonus of no airplanes in the sky adding unwanted lines to our long exposures. 

In the fourth of our five-part guide to spring astrophotography we are going to going to shoot 'planetshine' using a double exposure technique.

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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.