Koi Pond finished - Back to Astronomy!

Posted by XTSee on 10th January , 2010

Happy New Year to all my readers.
My last blog post was back in April when I had used my XT10i telescope as a theodolite measuring levels for my new pond.
Blimey, after a whole years work on our new koi pond and patio I am only just getting back to doing some astronomy. My favourite hobby [...] Read more »

First Light on Venus

Posted by XTSee on 14th January , 2009

A few times recently when leaving work I have looked up to see Venus very bright in the evening sky, but by the time I have got home, cloud has moved in, or after the usual home chores, dog walk, meal, chat with the wife, its too late and Venus has got too low in [...] Read more »

Review of Orion Dual-Speed Low-Profile Crayford Focuser + AccuFocus

Posted by XTSee on 16th November , 2008

I have now finished my latest review article about the Orion Dual-Speed Low-Profile Crayford Focuser that I got for my XT10i telescope recently. At the same time I also got the Orion AccuFocus Motorised Focuser to provide vibration-free fine focusing of my telescope. Both these are detailed in the XT10 Telescope Modifications section of my [...] Read more »

California Nebula and the return of Orion

Posted by XTSee on 25th October , 2008

With clear skies gradually returning now that the colder evenings of autumn are upon us I have been enjoying the views of the heavens while walking my trusty dog Ben on the public footpath in fields at the back of our house. For stargazing I suppose I’m lucky that I can be out in the [...] Read more »

Orion XT10 Astronomy Blog now LIVE!

Posted by XTSee on 29th May , 2008

Tonight I have added this excellent blog theme called Dark Planet to my blog, and have made the blog live via links from my main Orion XT10 website.
This blog (much like all blogs I suppose) is initially intended simply as a personal reminder of what I have done and when, in relation to my astronomy [...] Read more »

Moon and Galaxies in Ursa Major

Posted by XTSee on 10th May , 2008

Moon Spotting
Today was a nice warm, spring day, and the evening was quite mild. Ideal to get the XT10 out for some viewing. Stars weren’t particularly bright tonight, but the scope soon revealed quite a reasonable amount of depth.
Tonight I wanted to focus on observing the Moon, which is 5 days into new moon, and [...] Read more »

New Orion XT10 Assembly section complete

Posted by XTSee on 9th May , 2008

I have just finished the assembly section of my Orion XT10 web site. This new section has about 15 topics covering the construction of the Orion Skyquest XT10 Newtonian Reflector telescope from start to finish. There are many pictures providing good detail, and various tips and advice for anyone who plans to purchase this astronomy [...] Read more »