Images representing different hobbies


This short selection represents some of my earliest steps in astrophotography.

December 2015 - The Orion Nebula, M42

M42 Ultimate

November 2015 - The Andromeda Galaxy, M31

Andromeda 9

October 2015 - The Pelican Nebula

Pelican Nebula

September 2015 - Lunar Eclipse and the Stars

The Moon and the Stars

August 2015 - Sunspots

spotstack adjusted

July 2015 - M57 The Ring Nebula

M57 Ring Nebula

June 2015 - The Plough

The Plough

May 2015 - Saturn


April 2015 - Venus

Venus 3 2

March 2015 - Solar Eclipse

eclipse 1

December 2014 - Lunar Halo

Moon halo 5

October 2014 - In the Night Garden

In the Night Garden

September 2014 - Oscar, Night Cat


August 2014 - Moon in a blue sky, single frame

Moon in blue

June 2014 - The Solar System with a bridge camrea

Solar System

April 2014 - Mars with a bridge camera and stacking

Mars Stacked

March 2014 - Saturn, with a bridge camera and stacking

Saturn with a bridge camera

February 2014 - The Moon from Skye


You can buy my books including the Mini-Lathe, Norden: Building a Victoirian Steam Engine and The Home Workshop Dictionary using the links below.

I just bought your book (The Mini Lathe), and have to say how great it is! I have the usual, L H Sparey, ME Lathe Manual, Dave Fenner (Workshop Practice) Stan Bray, but this is far better. Specific, targeted, carefully explained, good photos & drawings, just the job!  - Geoff

Hardback and Paperback Books



Ebooks and Kindle


I have to show off this picture my brother painted and gave to me and my wife for Christmas.

Jeremy Wyatt Art Scotland

jer painting

Well, I don't know what is the most effective anti-virus program in the world.

But I have found this program consistently effective in getting rids of resource hogs, unwanted prorams, unwanted pop-ups, unsolicited request for subscriptions and non-functional deathware that generally screws up your computer. I recommend every Windows User to run it at least once, and it is free:

McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool

Running this tool has speeded up, reduced annoying pop-ups, improved functionality and stability and removed badly/non-functioning software from every computer I have used it on. Honestly.

Now make sure Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials (which are also free) are turned on as they work, don't screw up your computer and won't hound you to the edge of insanity.


Why have I posted this? Because a McAfee product I installed over two years ago - (despite protesting that I didn't think it would work properly), that could not be made to work despite hours of their tech support, and that I thought I had fully removed - started screwing up my Windows security updates a few days ago, out of the blue. An anti-virus company's product that has been 'uninstalled' leaving a legacy that made my computer vulnerable to security threats.

Only the cynical would ponder if that is a very clever marketing strategy (Oh no! Windows Defender is broken, I'd better get McAfee!), complete incompetence or a unique but essential requirement of their software that doesn't apply to other company's products - you decide. But it is strange that McAfee is the only program that needs a separate stand-alone program to uninstall it completely when that could and should be built into the uninstaller.

Hopefully it is now dead and gone forever.


It was a moon and it was super! Not quite as large as the one on 14 November 2016, but the conditions were much better, I got fed up after 122 photos with my Nikon 520D bridge camera - YAWN!

14 Dec Supermoon Colour