It's been a cloudy winter so far in Scotland with observing opportunities few and far between. I was lucky enough to catch Comet Leonard before it moved out of reach and into the southern skies. Otherwise I have been working on my OnStep telescope control project.
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.
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Above: M42 - Orion Nebula taken onwith my Vixen ED80sf and Canon 6D camera.
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.