Tim Trott


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.


Latest Posts

Observation Tips08/06/2014
Sky Orientation through a Telescope

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

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Ancient Astronomy21/05/2014
Legacy of the Chinese Astronomers

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

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Sky at Night18/05/2014
Blue Moon Calendar

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.

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Adding Featured Image To WordPress All Posts Screen

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.

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Create Custom WordPress Shortcodes

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.

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Atmospheric Optics16/04/2014
What is the Moon Illusion?

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.

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History of the Newtonian Reflector

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

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How-To Guides04/04/2014
Resurrecting an Old Telescope

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?

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My First Harley-Davidson

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

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Web Design11/02/2014
Optimise Images for the Web

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

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Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

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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SS Great Britain

Built in Bristol and designed lay the pioneering Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), SS Great Britain was launched in 1843. At that time, she was the largest ship in the world, a state-of-the-art luxury vessel, designed to carry 252 passengers across the Atlantic.

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