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About this blog

I'm relatively new to staring at the sky in the dark trying to find "things" that are so old and so far away that thinking of it makes my head hurt. But...........how amazing that little me that will exist for such a short time period can view the same objects that my ancestors and hero's have seen over millennia. So this is going to be about my journey, sometimes off track, sometimes frustrated (who invented clouds), hopefully learning as I go. Feel free to comment, suggest, guide but always remember.......I don't really know what I'm doing but I'm going to enjoy it anyway

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Yorkshire Dales

Perhaps the open outlook to the eastEnsures the leaded panes catch every rayAnd part explains why on the dullest dayMy eye is drawn up to the colour feast, After a rubbish couple of months, finally a holiday........a week in the Yorkshire Dales, only a 7.5 hour drive from Kernow but worth it! A little cottage east of Hawes, nothing but sheep and pheasants and yes dark skies. Great food in small pubs with the friendly locals, Abbey ruins visited and gloriously recommended to sooth the s

DavidJM

DavidJM

 

Out with a new toy

Recently had some bad personal news so did what I usually do in these circumstances.....I bought a new scope To be precise a Synscan 127mm Maksutov from Rother Valley Optics (no planned advert but have to say great service) At last clear skies tonight so set up my new scope, used 2 star alignment, Regulas and Sirius as my garden is only any good towards the south (street lights everywhere else), really simple, five minutes and up and running. Quick tour using handset for messiers

DavidJM

DavidJM

 

Sabatical

So where have I been.......work.....that's it Have travelled to different continents, seen the southern hemisphere sky and bought another scope, yet to use I might add as something's haven't changed........cloudy skies, stormy weather with heavy rain In the little time I've managed to get my 200 dobson out, I have finally seen the amazing Orion nebula with uhc filter and also the trapezium, a wonder worth all the cost of this amazing hobby alone. There's something awe aspiring about th

DavidJM

DavidJM

 

Dream of clear skies

So what have I seen through my scopes since the last blog..............zip.........nothing.....nowt....zero The wonderful Cornish skies have been full of clouds, when I've been awake anyway, and now the howling gales prevent even standing my scopes upright even if the clouds clear. I had one glorious night of dark skies while on a work trip to central Germany, the sky lit up with stars, unfortunately my scopes were back in Blighty. Still just staring upwards can be so rewarding.....I highly

DavidJM

DavidJM

 

The Beginning

So I started staring at the sky many years ago, I lived in the Black Country (no not Birmingham but if you don't know where it is I'll live with it's close) where the night sky is frankly a permanent orange glow. I was fortunate to move to Cornwall a few years back and........wow, a whole new world came to life so I decided to buy my first telescope last January, a Heritage 100P; why that model I here you ask? Well firstly I lose interest, I have the attention span of a goldfish, I knew I would

DavidJM

DavidJM

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