The dilemma of self-interest -v- public outreach on eclipse day!

The dilemma of self-interest -v- public outreach on eclipse day!

The solar eclipse of Friday 20th March 2015 presented a real dilemma: as an enthusiastic and committed member of the Eddington Astronomical Society, I wanted to be part of the event organised in Kendal, but as an individual amateur astronomer/astrophotographer, I wanted to see (and film) the eclipse.  Kendal was forecast to be under cloudy … Continue reading

Our turn at last!

Our turn at last!

The recent weather patterns have tested the patience of many observers and astrophotographers in the UK, but on the night of 18 January, it was most definitely our turn for clear skies.  I drove to the church car park at Old Hutton at around half past five, to find three colleagues from the Eddington Astronomical … Continue reading

Encounter with Lovejoy

Encounter with Lovejoy

Images have been pouring in from around the world of this most photogenic comet, which is already around 4th magnitude and visible in the night sky of the northern hemisphere.  After many frustrating evenings of cloud hopping, or being completely defeated by the inclement weather,  or having the comet’s delicate tail features drowned out by a … Continue reading