Category: Astronomy

Telescope? Binoculars? or just Dark Skies? – There’s plenty to see in the Night Sky.

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Lunar Eclipse

Well, you couldn’t get better viewing conditions for the Lunar Eclipse than we had last night. Super clear skies, no wind and a perfect view of the moon as the Earth cast it’s shadow over it. The full ‘supermoon’ was shining brightly out there when we went to bed and t was a little chilly out...

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The Eclipse from Aberystwyth

Morgan’s school gave special dispensation to the children today allowing them to stay out to watch the Eclipse until 10:30am before going to school. Anna and I were working, but we got in early, got on top of things and were then able to meet at the Arts Centre for 10 minutes to see and...

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A Quick trip to Welshpool

Another lovely weekend, with the sun shining and temperatures reaching 13.8ºC on Sunday. A Day in Welshpool We headed off to Welshpool early on Saturday morning. Anna and Morgan weren’t too keen on leaving the house at 8am as they consider that early. I of course had been up for hours having not slept at all the...

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Sleeping Under the Stars

We have a house full again at the moment which means lots of bed juggling to fit everyone in. Pat (Anna’s Mum) is in Morgans bedroom with the guinea pigs, My parents are in our room, Morgan is on a camp bed in the beach Room and this time, rather than ‘glamping in the garden‘...

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Family Visit to Wales

Phew, it may be Wednesday but that means the end of a busy long-weekend for us. Saturday and Sunday were fairly normal, but just a little extra busy as we got the house ready for my Sister Trudi to visit along with her boyfriend Mike, and her children Kia and Shaun. We were looking forward...

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Glamping in the Garden

We have visitors coming this weekend – Well, actually they are arriving Sunday night for a couple of days. It’s my Sister Trudi, her boyfriend Mike and he children Kia an Shaun. As we only live in a small(ish) bungalow we don’t have huge amounts of room for them, mainly because one of our bedrooms...

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Andromeda through my Meade 15mm Eyepiece

Christmas may only be a distant memory now, and my birthday was a couple of weeks before that, but one of my birthday presents was a Meade 15mm eyepiece for my Skywatcher 130 telescope. I have briefly used it once or twice since then but Sunday night was the first time I got to use it properly. This isn’t...

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Northward Bound – New Zealand Day 8

With the race over it was now time to relax and enjoy myself and of course bask in the glory of competing in a World Championship Triathlon. Facebook was filling up with messages of congratulations and Anna, Morgan and myself were all now looking forward to two weeks touring around New Zealand in a camper...

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Photos of Saturn

After our successful viewing of Saturn on Friday night, Morgan was excited about staying up on Saturday night to have a look for himself. We’re not sure if it was the prospect of seeing Saturn for the first time or the staying up late that had him excited, but with clear skies it promised much. Venus was...

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Out with the night time toys – Viewing Saturn 3

Out with the night time toys – Viewing Saturn

At last, the rain has stopped, the murk has cleared and we had a relatively clear night in store. I mowed the lawn so was already one step ahead this weekend and I was able to get out the night-time toys – namely the telescope and moth trap. Not at the same time of course as...

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A Celestial Triangle

It’s a perfect night for star-gazing tonight, I’ve just been out there wearing shorts and ‘T’-shirt looking at a triangle formed by the Moon, Venus and Jupiter. To be honest you don’t need a telescope to see them at their best and on a clear night like tonight, they are really obvious in the sky...

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Horse Head Nebula

I’ve always liked the Horsehead nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in emission nebula IC 434). I remember looking at amazing photos of it in astronomy books and marvelling at it. It is s a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest west on Orion’s Belt. I haven;t yet been...

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