Stargazers’ heavenly snaps
A father and daughter who share a passion for stargazing braved the cold to take these photographs.
David Pope and 14-year-old Jasmine spent three hours in the garden of their home in Kennington Road, Willesborough, taking snaps of star trails and Geminid meteors.
Jasmine studies astronomy at the Towers School, and both Mr Pope, an electrician, and his daughter are photography enthusiasts.
Mr Pope, 43, a member of Ashford Astronomical Society, said: “We were outside between 1am and 4am. It was cold, so we had cups of hot coffee to keep us warm, but the skies are clearest in winter so it’s the best time to see meteors. We set the camera to take a series of 20-second long exposures. I have a programme on my computer that puts all the images together to make the star trail pictures.”
Star trails and Geminid meteors above Willesborough