Menu

Author Archive

Cheerlights for Raspberry Pi

Cheerlights for Raspberry Pi

I decided to do Christmas a little more ‘whole-heartedly’ this year and, having found some left-over RGB LED strip in the workshop (cut from a set that was used in a recent observatory build) I decided to hook them up to the Internet for the amusement of my kids.  It ended up in the front window…

Rapid Delivery – Do we need it?

Rapid Delivery – Do we need it?

Working on an electronics project at the moment, I’m constantly impressed by how far things have come in terms of larger suppliers getting stuff out quickly. Having ordered some transistors from RS Components today, I discovered they have an evening cut-off at 8.30pm for same-day (free) shipping! Screwfix will now dispatch (and indeed deliver) seven days a…

Cost Vs. Time – What’s your mindset?

Cost Vs. Time – What’s your mindset?

Many years ago, I was introduced to the concept of two competing mindsets – the Cost Mindset and the Time Mindset. The two are mutually exclusive – you have to come down on one side or the other…. but which is right?

A Journey in Observatory Design

A Journey in Observatory Design

One thing that almost all the best ideas have in common is that they were discovered by accident – and my career in observatory design is no different.  It all started in 2011 when I was approached by a potential customer who was looking to buy a very serious telescope for a very specific purpose…

Vixen’s New Binocular – The Cat’s Eyes (or SG2.1×42)

Vixen’s New Binocular – The Cat’s Eyes (or SG2.1×42)

This year is turning out to be a very interesting one for new products – but I doubt you will have seen anything like this before… It’s a very strange-looking binocular, but like many Vixen products, I think it’s a hidden gem worthy of a proper write-up – this is it. So, what are other…

Observatory Build Timelapse

Observatory Build Timelapse

This is one of my earlier observatory builds – hence the Astronomia branding – and a fair few things have changed in my designs since. However this is still a good illustration of how our 2-day on-site build process goes:

Choosing a Starter Telescope

Choosing a Starter Telescope

Here’s a video I made during my time at Astronomia, giving some tips on choosing a starter telescope.  Most of the models are still current, so I’ve added it here:

Celestron NexStar SE Tutorial

Celestron NexStar SE Tutorial

Another video from my time at Astronomia, this one demonstrates how to set up and align a Celestron NexStar SE series telescope: