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End of an Era

After 14 years of operation, my website is coming to an end. It has gone through several iterations and been through several hosting providers. As my hosting provider will start charging, I have decided not to migrate it elsewhere.

In any case, my blog (which many of you read) receives a lot more views and I've started getting more views of my photo album. I will be making some of my free reading available, possibly ...
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Early Draconid

Just been out to have a look at what I could have had a look at if my new telescope had come today. (It's coming tomorrow now!) And saw a meteor heading West to East below Vega from the head of Draco the dragon. If it was a Draconid meteor it was a bit early!
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Celestron CGX

My new Nexstar Evolution wireless function didn't function too well so I sent it back. Rother Valley Optics have kindly let me take the opportunity to swap to a more traditional mount so I'm going to replace my original choice with a Celestron CGX 9.25.

Anyone on here with experience of the CGX mount?

I best go and edit my signature!
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Can I plug my book?? DARK:The AtoZ Of Astronomy & The Cosmos

Hello everyone,

I hope you don't mind me posting here to shamelessly plug and try to drum up some support for my book?

If it's any consolation, this project definitely isn't with the expectation of long-term financial gain... this is definitely somewhat of a labour of love!

My book DARK: The A to Z OF Astronomy & The Cosmos is hopefully to be published with UNBOUND - who are fantastic but involved achieving a number ...
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Prime Focus

Just been experimenting with the new telescope and the camera. This is a shot of an ariel cable junction box on a chimney on a house 200m down the street. The camera is a Sony A300 DSLR and I was never able to get it to focus on the Dobsonium but it seems much more at home on the SCT.

At first the camera was on the A setting and it wouldn't take a picture ...
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New to Astronomy.

Hello every one,
After reading numerous articles on recommended telescopes for first time purchasers, there seems to be a few to choose from. Refractor telescope is what i am looking for with the ability to be mechanised for following celestial bodies.
Sturdy build is key to me especially reading some fastener mechanisms seemed cumbersome. No budget in mind and if any body could recommend some starter reading material that would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards.
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Birthday Present

It's my birthday this week so we booked a trip to Ireland for the craic! Probably might have been better to have come last week or to have arranged for a week's extension to the heatwave! Still here's a picture of my birthday present...
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Is there a nightly database of pictures of the night sky?

Is there a center for pictures captured by amateur astronomer or alike?
I am looking to see if there are any organizations that gather pictures of world-wide night sky.
I doubt it, but I must ask.
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Gaia - what a telescope!

It's clear to me that ESA's Gaia spacecraft is going to be one of the most productive scientific missions ever.
In the 4 years it's been 'in service' it's measured the position in 3 dimensions of 1.7 Billion stars, equivalent to over 14 per second.
The motions of stars has been measured as well, including stars out as far as the Magellanic Clouds.

The most recent S@N TV programme gave a superb overview of the ...
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