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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


Astrophotography Gallery

Image of the Month for July 2021: The Sadr Region Nebula

The Sadr Region Nebula with the Crescent visible at botom right

I have finally managed to find an affordable adaptor to go between old M42 lenses and my ZWO electronic filter wheel. This has opened the magical door to wide-field narrowband imaging. This was my first attempt, using a 3D printed holder to mount my ASI 1600MM-PRO mono camera on my HEQ5, via my side-by side adaptor to also carry a guidescope. The constellation of Cygnus veritable boils with nebulosity, and the region surrounding its central star, Sadr, is particularly complex. Over most of this image the background is fairly bright, being a region of the Milky Way which is dense with stars, and decorated with wisps of Hydrogen nebulosity. At the centre the nebulosity is denser with additional sulphur in the brightest patches (yellow) and areas of ionised oxygen (blue). The supernova remnant, the Crescent nebula stands out at bottom right. What appear to be dark gaps in the nebulosity are actually foreground clouds of dark, cold material blocking our view of the nebulosity and the Milky Way, with just the relatively few stars that are closer still being visible in these areas. The lens used was a Zeiss Sonnar 135 f/3.5 that I bought second hand in the early 80s. Hoarding is fine when you hoard useful things!


Astrophotography Gallery


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