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

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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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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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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Defender 9025/01/2014
Defender Tires and Bumperettes

With rough weather on the horizon I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a decent set of tires to go on my Defender.

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Linux,Windows 722/01/2014
Black Screen after Installing ATI Catalyst Drivers

After installing ATI Catalyst drivers in Windows and Linux, you may encounter an unmovable black screen from which you can do nothing, even though everything else about the computer seems to work.

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How-To Guides20/01/2014
How to Photograph the Moon with a DSLR

Find out how to photograph the Moon with your DSLR camera and a small telescope and capture amazing views of the Moon.

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