"It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other" - Plato in The Republic
As autumn makes its presence felt once again in the Northern Hemisphere my thoughts wander to the skies and the stars. After a good view of the total lunar eclipse in September I'm now looking forward to getting the telescope out and doing some further astrophotography as the season advances.
7th November 2015 - Latest Observing Report
Whilst at University I became a keen amateur astronomer, interested in a variety of different areas including deep sky targets, the planets and Moon, comets and phenomenon closer to home such as Noctilucent Clouds and the Aurora Borealis. I have two telescopes - an 8" Newtonian reflector (pictured right) and a 3.5" apochromatic refractor and the majority of the reports found in my Observations Log, which contains images, information and observing reports, were made with these 'scopes.
Whilst at University I was a member of the Durham University Astronomy Society serving as both Obs Officer (2004-2005) and President (2006-2007). The Society Website contains a lot of information as well as articles and observing reports.
I was a member of Aberdeen Astronomical Society from 2007 to 2010.
To see all my blog postings related to astronomy please click here.
Since becoming interested in astronomy I have tried my best to observe some of the more special and unique events and targets that have cropped up in the skies over the UK. These are reports from some of the best.
Total Lunar Eclipse - 28th September 2015
Partial Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015
Partial Solar Eclipse - 4th January 2011
Total Lunar Eclipse - 21st December 2010
Total Lunar Eclipse - 3rd March 2007
Partial Lunar Eclipse - 8th September 2006
Partial Solar Eclipse - 29th March 2006
There are many different aspects to the study and enjoyment of the night sky and this section collects information on my primary interests.
Noctilucent Clouds - images and observations of this summer phenomenon
Aurora Borealis - images and observations of the Northern Lights
Iridium Flares - images and observations of man-made satellites flaring in the dark
Atmospheric Optical Phenomenon - generally interesting things in the (daytime) sky such as rainbows and sundogs
See the articles I have written on this page
Details of all the observations I have made, organised and indexed, since starting out with my own telescope - more
A page giving details of my astronomical equipment, including telescope, binoculars and digital camera - more
The gallery contains a collection of various astronomy related images ranging from constellations to Deep Sky targets - more
A mystery for the short summer nights - look out for these beautiful ethereal clouds that are still being understood by scientists - more
Our nearest neighbour in space and one of the most enticing objects in the sky - get lost in its craters, valleys and mountains - more
Watch the interaction between sunlight and ice crystals as they form intricate and beautiful patterns above us - more
Dazzling bursts of sunlight in the middle of the night are produced by satellites gliding overhead - more
A collection of useful websites and resources relating to my various interests in astronomy arranged in categories - more