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Terry Brooks
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Tracking Mount, EXIF Data and Final Edits Log
Having wetted my appetite for astrophotography I have decided to take the plunge and put a deposit down on a tracking mount. The mount will counter the rotation of the earth and ensure that the object being imaged remains on the camera's sensor. Such a moun...
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First ever DSLR astrophotography...
...well, first ever DSLR photography really :) Images below were taken at Butser Ancient Farm on Sunday 28th December 2014. I have been working my way through "Digital SLR Astrophotography (Practical Amateur Astronomy)" purchased on Kindle. It has given me ...
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Observing Session Summary - Saturday 17th May 2014
Butser Ancient Farm was open Saturday so had a another good chance to use the new scope and even the smartphone adapter for some astrophotography. It was a moonless night so had an ambitious list of targets. Although, some I could not see because the observ...
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Smartphone Adapter for Astrophotography
I've shared some pics of the progress and finished smartphone adapter I've been working on. Had lot's of help from my brother, and I mean lot's; he's the DIY one. Materials and hardware were easy to source. The adapter is made from a bar of aluminium shaped...
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Observing Session Summary - Saturday 19th April 2014
Butser Ancient Farm was open Saturday so had a good chance to use the new scope. It was a moonless night so even better for some deep sky observing. I took along my copy of "Turn Left At Orion" but found I mostly used the binoculars to spot some objects and...
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Decisions, decisions, decisions
For some time I have been certain that my first telescope will be a large Dobsonian. I have heard this called aperture fever; “I want the biggest and the best”. It recently dawned on me that the choice of telescope needs a little more thought. I have read t...
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Observing Session Summary - Saturday 1st March 2014
Butser Ancient Farm was open Saturday. No Moon, so a good evening for observing. I used the list of targets I didn't see from last couple of months and 'Philip's Stargazing with Binocular's' to plan the session. Here I provide the list of targets and a summ...
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Observing Session Summary - Saturday 15th February 2014
Butser Ancient Farm was open Saturday. Invited my brother along for his first free session. Was very glad he came. The full Moon was out so didn't expect to get all the targets I had planned earlier that day. However, we had a good go. I used 'Philip's Star...
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Stargazing in Tenerife
Arrived in Tenerife Tuesday Evening (February 4th) with my sister. Through a little research and word of mouth I found out that Tenerife is an excellent location for astronomy. So I packed my binoculars with the hope of doing some observing.

On Wednesday (...
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Observing Session Summary - Saturday 25th January 2014
Had a very successful session at Butser Ancient Farm last night between 7-10.30pm. Was a bit windy and cold but very good clear skies. I used the observers year section for Janaury in ’Philip’s Stargazing With Binoculars’. Here is a list of all the targets ...
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