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Weather Station installed

Thanks to the amazing generosity of staff, students and parents as I took early retirement from Headship, I was able to buy a Davis Vantage Vue weather station, which is now working in my garden. The garden and other local gardens have quite a lot of trees and so are sheltered. Ideally, a weather station […]

Weather Station

I do not have any weather station hardware yet, but I wanted to make a start on a project to create a weather station for home. I want to keep an accurate and reliable record of the main weather data but also¬†share them – through a web site and direct to various agencies so the […]

courgette flower

Courgette flower

Despite all the rain today and Saturday, the first courgette is in flower with its huge, not quite politically correct bloom. The colour is wonderful too. It catches the eye from far away. It almost looks alien. It is good to see that crops are on the way. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the […]

Garden progress

After more than a week of very hard work, there is real progress in the garden. The greenhouse is fully fixed and functioning, with tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and a melon all growing nicely, along with some mixed salad leaves. Outside, the deep beds are in position and filled with lovely soil that I bought in. […]

Globular Cluster M3

Globular Cluster M3

Certainly not the best astrophoto I have ever taken, but reasonably pleasing, because there is much more in it than I thought when I took it. It was not fully dark and there was a first quarter moon, so the sky background was bright. There was hazy high cloud. Even so, there are stars down […]

FR1GZ

I have twice received signals from FR1GZ this morning using WSPR. WSPR is a digital radio signal (details and free software here)¬†designed to pass minimal information with minimal radio power over great distances. Since FR1GZ is the call sign of a radio amateur on Reunion Island deep in the Indian Ocean, this has definitely worked. […]

The eggs are gone

I wandered down the garden this morning to see that the blackbird eggs had gone. Not a surprise. There was no debris visible so something took them away to eat them. I did not see what or when it happened, but foxes are common here and could certainly carry eggs.

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Back in the garden

I spent about an hour and a half in the garden, beginning the long process of bringing it under control again. Things have been much too busy for a long time for me to do much more than cut the lawn, so there is much to do. Today, I cut back the grape vine that […]

Supernova SN2014J in M82 taken on 1 March 2014 by Christopher Curtis

Supernova

For the first time in a very long time, I decided to set up the telescope and try to image the supernova in the galaxy M82 before it fades into invisibility. It took me a while to remember how to set things up, and this was the first time I was using a mac for […]

February 2014 Weather

This was a remarkable month, weather-wise. Mild and wet. According to the weather station I run at work, the average air temperature was 6.5C (that compares with 3C last year) and there were no days with an air frost (compared with 10 last year). The coldest was 0.2C on 11th and the warmest 12.5C on […]