Tag: astronomy

October 12, 2016

My 8″ has recently gone to a very good home, so I can now concentrate on using the 4.5″. This has distinct advantages – my garden table is shaded from the surrounding light (but still has a good area of visible sky), and it can be carried with one hand, so if I want to throw it in the car and go somewhere else, it is easy.

October 1, 2015

Since upgrading to an EOS 1100D, 2 years ago, my old Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT) has been on the shelf. Pretty decent camera, but not worth enough to sell it. However, the price of specialist conversions have been coming down recently, and for 80…

January 21, 2013

Over the years, there have been various methods to help astronomers find their way around the skies. The first is simple – learn the skies. Many people use setting circles, which is a mechanical method of disks marked with right ascension and declination coordinates, that…

January 21, 2013

As I was writing what will become my next post – Simple “push-to” telescope system, I realised I hadn’t ever mentioned my telescopes here. This is mainly because, although I have 3 telescopes, I don’t do anything that serious with them, just use them for…