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This astro stuff…

I thought when I built my Barn Door tracker, it’d be an exercise in mental and after a few runs with it, I’d be off doing something else, something that ate less time and threw in less frustration… Oddly, strangely, though I’ve got quite hooked with it, as when I’m done for a turn at […]

14 Dec
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Just a photo of a nebula.

I’m starting to enjoy working with this barn door tracker, sure it still needs a lot of improvement, but now that I’m starting to get a few results off of it, being stuck on the balcony at night isn’t a problem (well apart from whatever is causing massive magnetic interference on the north west corner […]

13 Nov
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Nice feeling when things start working.

Over in the gadgets section of the site, I’ve been trialing and tribulating building a barn door tracker; which in itself isn’t a highly complex device, but then again when I start building things I do it so it’s the best it can be for the purpose. Even if it is just with a couple […]

11 Nov
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Funny sort of year, eh?

This last year, I’d got all sorts of plans when it started, but if someone said this time last year that I would be so far out of whack for things then I wouldn’t have believed them. First off, that big gorilla, yeah, that one… Most of my summers are spent doing tour work, concerts […]

02 Nov
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Sirui L10 Monopod Head

Another day, another bit of metal to poke with a stick… For a long time, I’ve had Benro ball heads on my rigs, and I had a Manfrotto something or other monopod head in the basement; so when I decided to build my barn door tracker, instead of going all out and building an angled […]

10 Oct
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So much to do…

And not enough time to do it in! When I rebuilt this website, I sat down and made a plan of what I was going to get on here, and the list ran to quite a few things; however they say about plans and all… With all the things I wanted to do this year, […]

27 Aug
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Don’t leave things to chance.

One thing that I always try and do with the storm photography, well, any type of photography is before I start and capture it is to make sure my equipment is ready. Here’s the thing, though, the best laid plans of mouse and man sometimes fall by the wayside because of something so stupid and […]

04 Jun
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Andoer Pro Ballhead

25€ on a ball head, is it good or not? Lets find out… Over the last weekend I was out taking photos and noticed a crack on the clamp plate on my Benro IH2 head; which I didn’t think too much of as it still worked well and I could pick a new clamp up […]

19 May
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Storm Time…

Or is it? That’s the same conundrum I’m faced with at this time of the year, every year; as sometimes here where I live the storms appear from about the end of April, sometimes they don’t hit in full swing until the beginning of June. Sometimes it’s the occasional one to start with, or other […]

19 May
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Small camera, large area.

One of the most interesting things, so far, to come out of the post-lockdown period is how interesting the area where I live is. One limitation to all of it is that we have to stay within our municipal boundaries, if it was going for a stroll, it would be a single kilometre but for […]

04 May