Thursday, 15 April 2010


Late last night I took my hand to a little bit of amateur star spotting, I had my star maps, pencil, notepad, red filtered torch and most important, mug of hot tea. I observed several constellations including Ursa Major, Boötes, Leo, Leo Minor, Canes Venaciti, Coma Berenices, Cancer and Hydra.

In the hour that I spent out in the garden I happened to see a surprising amount of activity in the sky, I spotted what appeared to be either aircraft or satellites passing over on three different occassions and a small but bright flash that lasted less than a second in the region between Leo and Leo Minor.

I took a couple of few second exposure photos on my basic Olympus DSLR, documenting points of personal interest. Unfortunately the low light levels require long exposure to actually capture the light which is then smeared by the Earths rotation, I'm fairly satisfied with the results though.

Top image: Brightest star is Arcturus (part of the Boötes constellation)
Bottom: Part of the Ursa Major constellation known as the Big Dipper in the United States or the Plough in Britain.

Pen-Y-Ghent walk

On 22nd May I will be attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk in the Yorkshire dales with my dad, brother and friends.

It will be a 42 km (26.1 mi) walk with 1.600 m (5,249 ft) of ascent and descent which we expect to take ten hours.

We are currently raising sponsorship money for a friend of my dads, who has been diagnosed with cancer, he will be personally tackling the first peak himself and then meeting us at key points throughout.

To prepare I have been doing several climbs onto the Saddleworth moors, cycling, jogging and most recently a practice climb at Pen-Y-Ghent - the first part of the challenge we are planning to undertake. Here are some images taken by my brother Nathan on the day.

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Popular Science magazine released on ipad

Popular science magazine is the first available for US users to download on the ipad, all the same it's a pity the editorial design and interface considerations aren't as strong as Wired.

Mag+ live with Popular Science+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.