Latest purchase is this.

The Celestron NexStar 130 SLT, a 5" reflector telescope with a computer control thing on it. Align it up with two stars, tell it where you are and what the time is, then you tell it what to point at and it does it. Even better, the hand control can be connected to a computer, and Celestron even publish a document detailing how to interface with it and what commands you can send to it, which is a refreshing change from the usual relentless locking-down of consumer electronics. I expect my next hacky electronics project will be something related to this.

Bad Astrophotography

These photos were taken by holding a digital camera up to the lens without any sort of steadying device or filter. This should be evident from the quality of the pictures.


The moon, almost in focus properly.


An unidentifiable blob which you'll have to take on faith is Jupiter. Visible through the eyepiece, but not in the photograph, are Jupiter's cloud bands and its four Galilean moons.