Category: Astronomy

May 22, 2014 / Astronomy

Over a week ago now I had an intense astronomy evening with my tame scientist. There weren’t many hours between sunset and moonrise so we worked fast to try and…

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April 20, 2014 / Astronomy

I’ve been amassing the components of my astrophotography rig over time. Before Christmas I got hold of a guide scope and I attempted to rig up a modified webcam as…

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March 24, 2014 / Astronomy
January 26, 2014 / Astronomy

Last week a new type 1a supernova (SN2014J) was spotted in Messier 82 – better known as the Cigar Galaxy. I was desperate to photograph it but the weather was not…

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January 10, 2014 / Astronomy

I haven’t managed to do any astronomy for a while because the weather has been so bad. However, last night there was a brief break in the clouds and the…

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December 17, 2013 / Astronomy

Being an city-dwelling astronomer, light pollution is a huge problem for me. Sure, I love the urban convenience of Tesco Extra for emergency overnight bacon but the orange glow of…

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December 6, 2013 / Astronomy
December 5, 2013 / Astronomy

While the weather in Scotland and the North has been terrible today, that wasn’t the case in Somerset last night. It was still, clear and moonless, so I decided to…

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December 1, 2013 / Astronomy

This was my telescope’s first outing since I fixed up its mirror cell. A quick glance at a bright star in the city seemed to indicate that the problem was…

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November 27, 2013 / Astronomy

If you’ve been following my geeky astronomical posts lately, you’ll see that my new telescope suffers from triangular stars, caused by pinched optics. I’ve also been posting about the problem…

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