Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Welcome!

Astronomy is an infinitely captivating subject and the oldest of the natural sciences. It is one of the few areas of science that amateurs can assist professionals and directly contribute to science.

As a science, astronomy began tens of thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. Later observations made by the ancient Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks. They tracked the motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars across the night sky. It was important to know the position of the moon and sun throughout the year for planning agriculture and preparing for winter. They were the first to devise the seasons. Astronomy has since advanced into a complex study of the laws of nature which govern these phenomena.

Astronomy is however more than simply a mapping the motion of the stars, Moon and Sun. It is now the scientific study of the contents of entire Universe, stars, planets, comets, asteroids, galaxies, and space and time, as well as its history.

If you’re starting out and looking at the sky at night, the contents of this site will take you through what you can see at night as well as some equipment advice. The tutorials cover the types of objects you can see and also illustrate some basic astronomy concepts.

 

Astronomical Constants
14th July 2007Astronomy
The IAU system of constants defines a system of astronomical units for length, mass and time, and also includes constants such as the speed of light and the constant of gravitation which allow transformations between astronomical units and SI units.
First Photographs with Skywatcher StarTravel 102
10th June 2007Observations
Yesterday I tried my first solar image using my new telescope and my Thousand Oaks solar filter.
Don't think you are, know you are.Morpheus
Skywatcher StarTravel 102 EQ1
7th June 2007Astrophotography
I have just bought another telescope, this time a short tube Skywatcher StarTravel 102 refractor which is a lot smaller and lighter than my 200mm reflector.
Finally some clear skies when I'm not in work!
3rd June 2007Observations
Sunny during the day while I'm stuck in the office, get home and the skies cloud over. Typical.
Comet Lovejoy
15th May 2007Observations
Comet Lovejoy was Discovered in March 2007 by Australian Terry Lovejoy (using only a Canon 350D), this very Green comet is now moving through the constellation of Draco.
Sunspot AR953
28th April 2007Observations
A new sunspot has developed on the surface of the Sun. Designated AR953, this sunspot is approximately three times the size of our little planet.
Total Lunar Eclipse
4th March 2007Observations
At 8:18 pm the Earth passed between the Sun and the Moon creating the first Total Lunar Eclipse for three years and surprisingly the skies stayed perfectly clear!
Too much Light Pollution
10th June 2006Observations
I started off photographing the Moon, experimenting with the mirror lockup feature on the camera which lifts the mirror and lets the vibrations dampen off before taking the picture.