Tag Archives: telescope

Where, oh where is the Great Big Bear?

When I was a small astronomer one of the highlights of my early interest was the London Planetarium.  It is one of those trips with my parents that I remember very fondly and still feel the edge of excitement from … 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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How to use a telescope…

Well Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are having a happy and fun filled one.  I will be beavering away in the kitchen to rustle up lunch and indulging a couple of medicinal sherry’s along the way, while the OH … Continue reading

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Scouting the Universe

I had the privillage of meeting a group of enthusiastic Scouts last night and helped a friend show them the Universe.  Neil from @kidzOutdoors has blogged a report of the evening here- http://kidzoutdoors.com/blog/?p=1091 Please go have a read! To stand … Continue reading

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Finally!

Weeks.  Months really. Don’t get me wrong, I like social astronomy.  I love a good astro-conversation over the top of a cool scope.  I can wax lyrical about stars and stuff for hours. But last night I sat under a … Continue reading

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Barnard’s Mirror

If you look at the patch of sky between the Belt of Orion and Sirius there is bright 1st Magnitude star.  Just there on the right edge of the constellation Monoceros.  Down from Betelguese before you reach 53 Ori.  It’s … 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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Can we have a better name?

It is such an uninspiring name. Which is unfortunate as they are stunningly beautiful. Globular Clusters. Globs. Sounds like something found on an X-ray. But these are amazing little jewels.  One of the most breath taking objects that can be … Continue reading

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A Simple Device

It is a simple device really. Sitting in my Den, Waiting. It has few parts, certainly only a dozen major components. Anyone can use it. Which is probably what makes it such a dangerous object. Simple and dangerous. But it … 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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