Clearer Skies – Covid 19

Astronomy, the ultimate social distancing activity and suddenly I realise how important it has been to have maintained my interest in this over the years. The global health crisis is for sure, like something out of a movie script, the lockdowns we are all experiencing have eroded into certain freedoms of our existence and madeContinue reading “Clearer Skies – Covid 19”

My equipment review part 2 : William Optics Zenithstar 73 APO

I’ve dabbled in astro-photography over the years, with ok results. I figured as astronomy is a life long endevour, I might as well put the time and effort in getting the right tools for the right job. I’ve sat in the middle ground, so to speak, with Schmidt–Cassegrain telescopes (SCT), so decided to go forContinue reading “My equipment review part 2 : William Optics Zenithstar 73 APO”

My equipment review part 1: Celestron NexStar Evolution 6

Since there has been too few opportunities to observe lately, I thought I’d go through my gear, and while there are tons of in depth reviews all over the web, I’ll provide my own mini review on each bit of kit I’ve acquired over the years. Currently, my most used scope is my Celestron EvolutionContinue reading “My equipment review part 1: Celestron NexStar Evolution 6”

China well placed for a new decade of space exploration

While China’s space exploration goes back decades to the late 1960’s when the first tangible efforts begun with the development of Shuguang-1. It was designed to carry a crew of two, not too dissimilar to the US Gemini capsule of the early to mid-1960’s. Although it launched its first satellite into orbit in 1970, sadly, China wasContinue reading “China well placed for a new decade of space exploration”

Astronomers great woe of 2019

While many people in the astronomy community have been up in arms in 2019 regarding the planned expansion of communication satellite constellations, others are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to the intentions of various corporations on placing tens of thousands of these in various orbital altitudes.  Besides the issues and concerns people have, companiesContinue reading “Astronomers great woe of 2019”

Arcturus Light 1982 AD

23/12/19 “What did you see when I was 9 years old? Was it the end of unspeakable atrocities, Or just the continuation of more of the same. Were you curious of humanity’s first winged adventure, the reunification of a fatherland, or the precursor of a blight that forged the future?“ In 2019 the light seenContinue reading “Arcturus Light 1982 AD”

Sensationalist Press to be destroyed by killer asteroid.

17/08/19 Just as I was carrying out a search for some sizeable asteroids coming within viewing distance over the next few years I noticed lots of click bait on google about ‘killer asteroids heading our way’, some of the articles quoting scientists out of context coupled with units of measurement most people would not understandContinue reading “Sensationalist Press to be destroyed by killer asteroid.”

My God, it’s full of DSOs.

Just back from one of the best nights observing I’ve ever experienced. First of all, I’ve had some great night’s before where I would observe many DSOs, but this was just awesome, more than 100 objects with several sharing the same field of view within the eyepiece. What was even more pleasing was that I wasContinue reading “My God, it’s full of DSOs.”