Bill Ward


I was using two Canon 1000D’s, don’t know if such economy models have this feature. I’ll check the manual just in case.

The peak night was just gorgeous but casual astro-tourism has turned the caldera into a motorway. 12/13th a few cars, 14/15th a few cars but 13/14th was ridiculous until around 0200. Every layby and track had cars jammed in. From the traffic I saw I’m glad I wasn’t actually at the observatory! It must have been chaos up that road.

When I left there was not a soul remaining, this was still an hour before twillight but I was frozen.

More importantly I got 10 viable spectra. Apart from the big fireball (twitter) the fainter ones show some interesting characteristics.