Sigma Imaging UK recently short-loaned me their 14mm f/1.8 Art lens to take out under the dark skies of Wales and see what I thought of it from an astrophotographer's viewpoint. With a night-long forecast for clear skies just before the new moon I headed to the Elan Valley in Mid Wales to test it out.
I was refreshing the weather forecast hoping for some kind of miracle. Metoffice, Brecon Beacons… cloudy. Elan Valley… cloudy. Pembrokeshire? Cloudy. Oh why not, Snowdonia… cloudy.
After only catching a few meteors the night before it looked like Wales was going to miss the peak of the Perseids meteor shower 2016. And what a show it was forecast to be, with astronomers pointing towards an ‘outburst’ – nearly twice the average rates with almost 200 meteors per hour!
I’ve never felt so simultaneously anxious, excited, frantic, elated, pressured and exhilarated in my entire life! Adell had hoofed it up Corn Du (873m) meaning she had to wait a long 45 minutes in the cold blistering wind whilst I sludged around marsh land about 2km west of her up on Y Gyrn. I was trying to get myself into the precise position to capture the moon rising behind her, with an error margin of just a couple of metres.