May 10

Mercury Solar Transit 2016

Thought I’d post a few photos of the recent transit of Mercury across the Sun to show what can be done with a small telescope and a solar filter. Despite the wind buffeting the scope, I managed to capture a few sharp photos that show some surface detail. In hindsight I should have used my […]

Sep 28

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015 Despite being surrounded by light polluting street lights, I managed to capture a few photos of the supermoon lunar eclipse. From the end of totality to the receding earth shadow on the lunar surface. A supermoon occurs when a full moon or a new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes […]

Mar 20

Partial Solar Eclipse 2015

Solar Eclipse 2015

Partial Solar Eclipse 2015 Thought I’d share a few of my favourite photos of todays partial solar eclipse from Liverpool, UK. Taken with just my digital camera and a tripod. Luckily the clouds rolled in and they acted as a filter and took a lot of the glare away.  As the Moon covered more and more of the […]

Jun 4

A Stargazing Trip to Kielder Observatory and Northumberland Dark Sky Park

Kielder Observatory Telescope

Kielder Observatory is located near Kielder Water in Northumberland National Park and is the creation of Gary Fildes who began a crusade to build an observatory in the park after experiencing it’s wonderful dark skies. The result is an architecturally unique wooden building in the middle of nowhere that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Northumberland […]

Jul 22

Making Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather Reports with Xamarin

Scope Nights: Astronomy Weather Reports will be one year old in August 2013, so I thought I’d write a little bit about my experience in order to try and help new app developers and also to highlight the amount of work that goes into creating a mobile app. I started writing Scope Nights in Spring […]

Jul 3


Hi, I’m from a 2000 year old roman city called Chester situated just south of Liverpool, England. From an early age science, technology and multimedia have always been passions of mine… I bought my first astronomical telescope in 1980, a small 60mm refractor, and once I’d gazed upon Saturn as a tiny cosmic jewel in […]