Tag Archives: Observing

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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A small break in transmission… Irregular Astro Camp 2012

I would just like to take the opportunity to point you all in the direction of the Irregular Astro Camp 2012.  This will be held over the weekend of 7th-9th September 2012 and should be a fun, informal and relaxed weekend … Continue reading

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Under a Devon Sky

My job has many perks. It also has it’s fair share of sweat, blood and tears. But last week it provided an opportunity. On the face of it being trapped in a boat on the Devon coast with 35 teenagers … Continue reading

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In search of a dark sky

The strong smell of European cigarettes once again fills the air around me. It’s a warning and I know that it’s time to pop into the kitchen and put the kettle on. The sky disappears. My neighbour has reached the … 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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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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The Pale Graphite Dot

I’ve just put a dot to the left of Jupiter. It took a few moments thorough my eyepiece to judge how far to the left. Then I put a small dot on the page of my notebook and moved on. … Continue reading

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