Monday, April 30, 2007

Managed to complete most of the End of Course Assessment (ECA) for the OU Introducing Astronomy course and get it submitted on time! I think I might scrape a pass, if not I will give up this course of academic study and stick to observing!

Found the time just now to nip outside with my monocular and take a peek at Venus and Saturn. I can't remember Venus being on view for as long as this, but then I haven't been following all of this for a long time.

It looks like the new garden should be better than than the previous one for skies. But I will have to wait until I can build a shed for the scope before it sees any action. The thought of hauling it all down the stairs and back up hill to a suitable spot is not very appealing!

But I'm looking forward to some summer evenings lying back in a deck chair and taking in the whole sky. Last summer I had one evening in particular when I could see M31 with the naked eye, that was my best ever observinf session!



  1. Just got myself the cannon 400D first impressions brilliant you had any clear skies lately. Clear here today will have to wait to see what it’s like tonight.


  2. Mark,

    Had some clear skies but not had the chance to get the scope out since the house move. I've been busy setting out a base for my new workshop as well as starting on the kitchen!

    Good news is that the new shed/workshop arrived yesterday so I'm now busy re-organising everything.

    Anyway, glad to hear that you have a 400D, you won't be disappointed! This camera will serve you well for all aspects of photography as well as astro stuff.