Oh, and I also saw a fox as well.Out of the corner of my eye something bolted from a neighbour’s garden, stopped, and looked at me.I looked back at the fox.The fox ran into the shadows.I went back to looking at Jupiter.

Tuesday night the sky was clear, and by 10.30-ish Jupiter was visible well above the house opposite. I took the telescope out into the front garden, and attached the recently-purchased 5mm eyepiece and lunar filter. The eyepiece gave a more magnified, but still reasonably sharp view of Jupiter, and the eyepiece cut out most of …

Digging through the memory card on my camera, I found a rather pretty image of a bee on an echinacea flower that I’d taken a year or so ago. Bee on Echinacea by ~dogsolitude-uk on deviantARTThe original is rather large. You can see the hairs on the bee. There’s something I’ve always loved about close-up …

Last night a very bright star was risng over a neighbour’s house out the front, so I wandered outside with the telescope (much swearing) and set it up outside. The telescope came with three different eyepieces. There was one marked ’20mm’, one marked ’10mm’ and one called ‘Barlow’ which doubles the magnification of one of …

Finally, after waiting for three days, the skies were clear enough this evening to make use of my new telescope. The frustrating grey-brown blanket of cloud finally dispersed, and so I set about getting the thing out of my living room, out of the door and under the stars where it belonged. I thought getting …

Fortuity I was in the front garden talking to my upstairs neighbour last Saturday, when the postman dropped some mail into my hand. I opened the first envelope, and it was a missive from the Inland Revenue. “Dammit,” thought I. “I owe them £240. Ah well, will give them a call during the week and …