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StubIt's my firm belief that the secret to long life and happiness is to keep learning, discovering new ideas and building new skills. This is a place where I hope to share many of my hobbies and interests, and hopefully encourage others with creative and enquiring minds to have a go as well.

The website keeps growing, plenty of new pages added on Messier Objects and starting to add some Free Plans - Enjoy!

Stub Mandrel


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Image of the Month for June 2021: The Hercules Galaxy Cluster

Hercules Galaxy Cluster

May 2021 was a really wet, cloudy month. I had equipment problems around a few clear nights around the new moon at the start of the month, and it wasn't clear again until after the next full moon, too late in the year for 'astro dark'. Less well known than the Great Cluster in Hercules, M13, this concentration of galaxies looks completely different. It should be better known, as with between 200 and 300 galaxies in a compact area this is the densest concentration in  northern skies apart from the Coma Cluster. Around half of the galaxies are spiral galaxies, a high proportion, and there are several pairs of interacting galaxies. This image is cropped to the densest part of the cluster, at least 80-100 galaxies are visible in the uncropped image. The cluster is part of the local group of galaxies. This LRGB image was taken using a mono camera with over an hour of luminance data and more than half an hour on each of Red, Green and Blue. Baader L filter and ZWO RGB filters and an ASI1600MM-Pro camera. Telescope was a Skywatcher 150PL on an HEQ5-pro mount.


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So far the topics covered by this website concentrate on four main areas:

Model engineering - the making of working models essentially using the same materials and techniques as the prototypes.

Norden Steam Engine Typical model engineering project - Norden Steam Engine

Metalworking workshop - not just for model engineering, all sorts of hobby engineering

Quick Change Toolpost In the workshop - make this Quick Change Toolpost

Projects - mostly boats so far, but I will be adding other stuff! All the things that aren't mostly made of metal.

Miss Britain III Fast model boats - Miss Britain III

Astronomy - a hobby that offers opportunities for photographic, engineering and electronic projects while also opening my eyes to the vastness and variety of the universe.

Andromeda Galaxy Astronomy and astrophotography, probing the universe!

That's not everything though, I will be adding reviews of some of my favourite music, and perhaps a few of my own tunes, some of my photography and you will also find the obscure Adept Lathe Register on these pages.

Adept Lathe The internet legend is here - The Adept Lathe Register