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Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences and deals with the study of celestial objects (such as moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies); the physics, chemistry, mathematics, and evolution of such objects; and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth (such as supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic background radiation).


Resurrecting an Old Telescope
04/04/2014How-To Guides
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?
How To Make and Use a Bahtinov Mask
15/02/2014How-To Guides
The Bahtinov mask is a device used to accurately focus astronomical telescopes. It is named after its inventor Pavel Bahtinov.
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.Henry Ford
How to Photograph the Moon with a DSLR
20/01/2014How-To Guides
Find out how to photograph the Moon with your DSLR camera and a small telescope and capture amazing views of the Moon.
How was the Milky Way born?
The moment of creation has fascinated philosophers and scientists throughout history. In the distant past, how did our Milky Way Galaxy form?
Open Clusters, Double Stars and a Nebula
10/12/2013My Observation Logs
Last night I literally dusted off my 200mm (8") newtonian reflector and set about imaging some more of the winter nights sky.
Comparison of NASA Orbital Launch Systems
06/12/2013Sky at Night
A visual comparison of NASA orbital launch vehicles from Pegasus to the new Space Launch System.
Getting Back into Astronomy after a Long Break
06/12/2013My Observation Logs
It's been a long time since I have done any night sky viewing, according to my last post on this website it was back in 2010! Well, now I have been out every clear night for the past month (only two nights!) with some new equipment and taken some amazing new photos.
Ursid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Ursids are often neglected due to the fact it peaks just before Christmas and the rates are much less than the Geminds, which peaks just a week before the Ursids. Observers will normally see 5-10 Ursids per hour during the late morning hours on the date of maximum activity.
Leonid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers, or storms, can be among the most spectacular. The outbursts of meteor activity are best seen when their parent object, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, is near perihelion (closest approach to the sun).
Orionid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Orionid Meteor Shower is a medium strength shower that can reach high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 20-25 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years, such as 2006-2009, the peak rates were on par with the Perseids (50-75 per hour).