Orion Star Count Survey 2011

Posted by XTSee on 1st February , 2011

Two nights this week I have participated in the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Star Count Survey for 2011.
You can take part by counting as many stars as possible in the constellation Orion, in an area bounded by the four main corner stars, go here for instructions and to take part (you must do it [...] Read more »

I used to be an Astrologer, but I’m alright now!

Posted by XTSee on 24th January , 2011

I do think its funny the way that the BBC Stargazing Live program broadcast on 3rd Jan 2011, has got a lot of astrologers very hot under the collar about Professor Brian Cox debunking/dismissing astrology. There’s certainly a lot of discussion going around on social media sites Twitter.
The following article discusses “the 13th zodiacal sign [...] Read more »

Planning makes all the difference

Posted by XTSee on 23rd October , 2010

This is the first observing session with my Celestron C6-SGT Go-To scope for a very long time. I brought my scope along on our short camping break at Marsh Farm caravan site, Saxmundham in Suffolk, and tonight the damp weather has abated, and the forecast predicted a very cold spell coming in from the North.
Quite [...] Read more »

Never trust the weather forecast!

Posted by XTSee on 10th May , 2010

For the first May bank holiday weekend my wife, the dog and myself took ourselves away to the Lake District for a 4-day break. Before going I had checked the weather forecast which predicted a pretty poor weekend for the whole duration.
As we packed everything ready to go away, I looked at my giant binos [...] Read more »

Astronomy Podcasts

Posted by XTSee on 17th February , 2010

Well, maybe I’m slow on the uptake, but while experimenting with my iPod Touch more over the last few days to see what other astronomy related apps I can find (Star Walk, Starmap Pro, Moonwalk, etc), and the excellent NASA App being a fantastic resource, I have taken the time to find out more about [...] Read more »

An Ancient Astronomy Relic for a New Year

Posted by XTSee on 3rd January , 2009

A Tribute to John Ellard Gore - Astronomer
Whilst putting the Christmas deccies away in the attic today 3rd January 2009, and rummaging around in a box of old photos, I came across two old astronomy books, which I cannot for the life of me remember their origin; possibly my uncle gave them to me, or [...] Read more »