Aiming High

Moon Detail

This morning, things didn’t get off to the most brilliant of starts.  Because I hadn’t plugged my trusty iPhone in properly to re-charge, it lost power during the night and consequently, my alarm didn’t go off at 5:30 when it was supposed to.  I woke up at 5:55 with a vague feeling that something was wrong.  No real harm done though, I got to the gym a little bit late, but shock horror, I wasn’t able to take a selfie because, you guessed it, my phone was dead (so dead in fact that even 15 minutes in the car on the way to the gym wasn’t even enough to wake it up).

No matter.  Some time ago I wrote about the importance of setting goals.  For some time I have been aiming to get a really good picture of the Moon and it has been challenging to see how much I can (or can not) achieve with my camera and a telephoto lens which I got for Christmas a few years ago.  Last year I aquired a reflecting telescope (being quite interested in astronomy) but struggled to find a suitable adaptor to connect my camera. (Its obviously satisfying to just look through the viewfinder but really great if you can capture some photographs).  After a lot of research, I finally managed to get a custom design 3D printed (FaceBook friends will recall I shared a picture of the design when it was produced a while back) and today’s clear night was the first time I have had a chance to try it out.

Suffice to say, I was really pleased with just how well it worked!  I was able to get some shots of the Moon with incredible detail and I can’t wait to try it out on other planets, stars and galaxies when I get time! It just goes to show that persistence pays off.

Persisting with my Marathon training, I have been really good holding off the running for the past couple of days, I am looking forward to parkrun tomorrow morning and plan to run the 4 miles to the start, should be a good warm up; I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

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Author: richardmann55

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, IT Solutions Architect at Fujitsu, Distance Runner with Rodillian Runners. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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