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Mark’s Remote Observatory-II (MRO-II)

October 9th, 2014 No Comments

You may well recall the Mars Renaissance Orbiter which is studying the red planet. Well MRO-II is not entirely related to the NASA mission that cost $720 million and I hope at least, that it will come in a little cheaper. MRO-II is a slightly less ambitious project to setup my telescope system at a remote location, about 20 kilometres away from my home. As the project proceeds I will be posting updates right here, warts and all. You can join in with my successes and commiserate with the inevitable mistakes and frustrations along the way. Keep checking back for updates.

Magic Island Baffles Astronomers

June 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Image courtesy of NASA showing where 'magic island' appeared and disappeared

Image courtesy of NASA showing where ‘magic island’ appeared and disappeared

This is exactly why I love astronomy, it is always surprsing me. Just when you think nothing can surprise you anymore… wallop, an island on a moon of Saturn simply appears and then vanishes again just as quickly! Read more »

Join me for a Weekend of Stargazing

February 10th, 2014 2 Comments


I am very excited to be able to release details of this year’s stargazing weekends at the beautiful and wonderfully dark Kelling Heath Holiday Park in North Norfolk. You can choose from two weekends; 7th March for a weekend of ‘Planetary Discovery’ or 17th October for ‘Deep Space’ Read more »

Lunar Eclipse 2014

January 27th, 2014 No Comments


Lunar eclipses are one of the Solar System’s most enigmatic events. The great thing about them is that there is no need for any optical equipment to fully appreciate them. Just look skyward and you can enjoy the moment that the Sun, Earth andd Moon perfectly align. One such eclipse of the Moon occurs on April 15th bringing a great opportunity to try and capture one of these events on camera. Read more »

Parents….Use Science to Bring Santa to Life!

December 17th, 2013 No Comments


I have always loved Christmas, as a child and as an adult. My childhood was filled with stories of Father Christmas and Rudolp the Red Nosed Reindeer helping to pull the sleigh to deliver presents to children of the World. My parents would even hide outside at night and ring bells to make me think Santa was on his way although this proved to be counter productive as far from making me go to bed it made me even more excited! Well this year, parents of the UK and around the World can use science to really bring the story of Santa Claus to life for the children in their lives. Read more »

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