I'm Tim Trott, a web developer, photographer and amateur astronomer originally from Bristol and now living in Scotland. This website is my online journal, a place for me to record my day-to-day thoughts and write about my experiences and hobbies.

I'm fully qualified as an IT professional with 15 years of experience building highly effective websites for small to medium sized companies in the UK.

Below, you will find my latest writing, or you can use the menu to the left to find my hobbies and activities.

Tim Trott
Observation Tips08/06/2014

Looking through an eyepiece, the sky will take on a different orientation depending on which telescope you use.

Ancient Astronomy21/05/2014

Three thousand years ago, two great civilisations existed, both of which made major contributions to the development of astronomy.

Sky at Night18/05/2014

A blue moon is a rare event which occurs when there is a second full moon in a month. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual colour of the moon.


This tutorial will show you how to add a Featured Image thumbnail to the "All Posts" admin screen which is useful to see what posts haven't got a thumbnail set, or for checking thumbnails quickly.


WordPress Shortcodes are a great way to add dynamic content to posts, even for non-techy editors, and can be as simple or as complex as you require.

Atmospheric Optics16/04/2014

The Moon illusion makes the Moon appear much larger when it is closer to the horizon. Find out why the moon is larger when its near the horizon.

The Newtonian Reflector was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1672 and was the first to feature the revolutionary 45° mirror.

How-To Guides04/04/2014

I've just uncovered my old telescope, how do I go about making it usable again? How do I clean the mirror? How do I get everything back together properly?


On Saturday 1st March I picked up my brand new Harley-Davidson Softail Slim (FLS) from West Coast Harley-Davidson in Glasgow.

How-To Guides15/02/2014

The Bahtinov mask is a device used to accurately focus astronomical telescopes. It is named after its inventor Pavel Bahtinov.

Web Design11/02/2014

One of the most important website performance ranking factors is to make sure that you optimise images for the web.


Beneath the streets of Westminster in London there lies a vast labyrinth of rooms and passages, whose origins go back to 1938, when war with Nazi Germany was becoming increasingly likely.


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