Hello and welcome to Sompting Astronomy. I have decided to put this website together to show you what I enjoy doing for a hobby and hopefully inspire anyone who is considering taking it up to do so. On this site you will find various images that I have taken and I will attempt to explain how I took them. I also plan on adding astro related DIY projects that I have undertaken via my blog in the hope that others will find them useful
What's Going on
We are now gearing up for the transit of Mercury. May 9th starting at 11:12 UT. This will be my 2nd transit the first being venus back in 2012 which we only caught the very end of in the UK and even that was cloudy right up to the last 10mins, we got very lucky. Hopefully as this event lasts all afternoon and into the evening we stand a good chance of seeing something. My main goal is to try to see the black drop effect (not easy with Mecury apparently) hopefully I'll get some photos. The photo I've added was one from the Venus transit 4 years ago which shows the black drop effect. This image was taken hastily by holding my phone up to the eyepiece. We were literally packing away thinking the weather had beaten us when the clouds parted!! If your observing the event yourself then be safe and enjoy!!
Below you will find a list of links that I think will be useful to beginners and seasoned astronomers alike. A selection of websites to help get beginners started and provide additional information to the more advanced