Category Archives: Binoculars

Asteroid Day

2012DA14. Well I didn’t see it.  Well it was briefly in my scope but the gap in the clouds was so short that I didn’t get a chance to confirm which of the faint white dots was the one.  Oh … Continue reading

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Incoming!

45 metres long.  About the size of a Boeing 757. 130,000 tons.  Heavier than a fully loaded Nimitz class carrier. 2.5 Megatonnes of tnt equivalent if it hit.  That’s six Polaris missiles worth of bang. Right now it’s heading our way.  … Continue reading

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Getting Started

New year, new hobbies. New series of BBC Stargazing Live. Just this past weekend the Guardian published a story about the rise of Astronomy as a hobby in the UK. How to get started then?  What should you do? How … Continue reading

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Patrick

It was one of those coincidences.  I was perhaps 500 yards from where I met him when I heard and it was the person who had taken me to meet him who told me the news. It’s an amusement arcade … Continue reading

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What Telescopes were made for

It was the first thing I looked at with my scope. The journey back home on the train nursing the large brown box had been filled with caution, fear and expectation. The sky was beautifully clear, the darkness could not fall … Continue reading

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Hanging out in Regent’s Park

One hour of Radio 4 in the car while I crawl along 7 miles of the A40. All the while in my mirrors I can see Venus and Jupiter just to the left of my daughters empty car seat. The … Continue reading

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Because I am 8

It was silly really. It was just a crater. The Moon is, after all, covered in them; they are difficult to miss. But then there was that time when you saw lunar craters with your own eyes for the first time.  … Continue reading

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