I'm currently living in a house with a very nice backyard, right outside London. Still a lot of light pollution, but it can be manageable, and useful for testing my equipment before running to darker locations.

This was meant to be a (L)RGB shot, but light pollution and humidity made the blue and green channels pretty useless, while red channel produced quite good results

Last friday night the sky was finally very clear, so I made a few shots.

M 42, HorseHead, Flame Nebula

The brilliant Orion Nebula (M42) is very well defined, but also the Flame nebula (NGC 2024) is quite conspicuous on the left. And very close to the Flame nebula, a tiny Horsehead nebula can be spotted too.

For being just a test shot, I must say I'm very happy with the result, and can't wait for better conditions to try RGB.

I recently bought a new smartphone, a OnePlus 3, since my Nexus 6 was pretty much dead, turning off pretty much everytime I did something else than keeping it in my pocket.

I was particularly interested in the "manual controls" feature of the OnePlus, including the ability to shoot up to 30 seconds, particularly convenient if you want to use it for astronomy.

It turned out this really works out well!

I just did a few tests, but the results are very promising.

Taurus, Aries
Lira, Delphinus, Aquila
Orion and neighborhood
Flying over france

The phone can also save images in RAW format, which means that if I'll also be able to program a sequence of shots, I could be able to stack pictures, to produce even better results.