A fantastic short break in Wales this month, and a visit to AstroCamp. A superb event, full of friendly astronomers under very dark skies in the Brecon Beacons. A helpful bunch too thankfully, as we got to grips with the 8inch reflector and our posh camera. From bumbling novices on the first night, we were aligned and taking astro photographs in no time.

Our initial efforts to capture the Andromeda Galaxy (a staggering 2.5 million light years away), are posted above, together with a photo of our own astronomy HQ.

Amazing night skies in the Brecons; at times you think you’re staring up at thin cloud cover, turns out to be the bright plane of the Milky Way itself!

Next year’s AstroCamp is already in the diary.