What can an astrophotographer do if the skies are cloudy?
There are several possibilities:
-Catch some sleep
-Have a drink with civilized friends that do not share his passion for all nighters in remote places
-Process old images that are buried in the abyss of your hard drive
-Go out shooting anyway and hope for a break in the clouds
While the last option might sound like the least alluring, its results can be very rewarding, if you are lucky enough to find that break in the clouds. If not, well… another lost night.
Here is an example from March. As the weather forecast was not entirely hopeless, I got out of my bed at midnight, drove 90 minutes into the mountains and snowshoed to the top of a hill for 30 minutes. I was rewarded with 2 minutes of partly clear skies and was able to capture this image.
What do you think; was it worth the effort?
Canon EOS 6D, astro modified
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
8 x 10s @ISO 6400
Stacked for noise reduction