Blog Articles from May 2011

A Little Bit of History Part 3

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 15:08 on 27 May 2011
Somerset Computer Services started in 1990. Not having much experience of running a business I decided to avail myself of a series of courses run by the then District Enterprise Centres (DEC's). These were set up to help start-up businesses through the re...

The Lights are Going Out!

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 15:46 on 26 May 2011
Great news from our local newspaper, the Wellington Weekly. The lights are going out in Wellington and Taunton! In an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of Taunton Deane Borough Council, it has been decided that street lighting is going to be turned ...

What's the weather going to be doing tonight?

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 15:19 on 25 May 2011
Working out what the weather is going to be like is the bane of astronomers lives. Do you haul out all the gear in anticipation of a great night's observing - and then watch the clouds roll in and the heavens open? I can't offer a solution to this dilem...

DayStar SolaREDi Odyssey Hydrogen Alpha Telescope

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 12:51 on 25 May 2011
The new DayStar SolaREDi Odyssey Hydrogen Alpha Telescope, as mentioned in the July isue of Astronomy Now magazine, is available for viewing in The Astronomy Shop. We took delivery a couple of weeks ago, so naturally time and the weather have cons...

Some Great Apps

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 10:57 on 24 May 2011
If you own an Apple IPhone, Ipod or Ipad I can recommend a number of free or inexpensive astronomy related apps, all available from the App Store. 1. Satellite Flyby - this app uses your geographical location and time to predict which satellites will be ...

A Little Bit of History Part 2

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 14:37 on 23 May 2011
Following "retirement" from the oil industry, my wife Anne and I decided to make a living producing food on our organic smallholding, The Bell & Birdtable. We already had Hens, Geese, Ducks and Pigs on the smallholding, and shortly aft...

A Little Bit of History

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 16:06 on 21 May 2011
I'd like to use this blog to give a bit of background about myself and the history of SCS Astro Ltd. I got into astronomy in the summer of 1966, year of the Leonid Meteor Storm (however it did not storm in Birmingham!!). I borrowed a book on as...

SCS Astro Blog

Posted by Kieron McGrath - 10:46 on 20 May 2011
Welcome to the SCS Astro Blog. I am Kieron McGrath, owner and Managing Director of SCS Astro Ltd, and enthusiastic amateur astronomer. The purpose of the blog is to provide news, hints, tips and rants and raves about our hobby, astronomy. Ast...

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