Astronomy

"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

Latest Events

The winter skies are back and with them come revisits to seasonal favourites like the Orion Nebula and Open Clusters in Auriga and Gemini.

Mid-December was marked by the great conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter which were visible in the same telescope field of view over a few evenings. Although the weather wasn't the most co-operative I did see them together on a couple of occasions.

Introduction

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.

Special Events

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.

Observing Projects

Noctilucent clouds in the twilight sky
Noctilucent Clouds
Images and observations of this summer phenomenon
Aurora Borealis in the night sky
Aurora Borealis
Images and observations of the Northern Lights
Solar Pillar
Atmospheric Optics
Generally interesting things in the (daytime) sky such as rainbows and sundogs
Iridium Flares
Images and observations of human-made satellites flaring in the dark

Articles

See the articles I have written (primarily for the Durham Astronomical Society back in 2005) on this page

Links

View a number of interesting astronomy-related links I have gathered over the years.

The Great Orion Nebula.

Orion Nebula

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, 12th July 2020

Comet NEOWISE

The Pleiades star cluster.

The Pleiades

Sky-watcher 200M

200mm Newtonian 'Scope

Milky Way and Aurora

Milky Way and Aurora