This website describes my passion for the night sky including observations and sketches, astrophotography and equipment making.
The Refreshing Views Observatory is in a village a few miles from Salisbury, Wiltshire in the south of England. It is adjacent to a large yew tree that dominates the sky to the south east. It holds a C11 SCT, a 60mm Lunt solar scope and a pair of 100mm APM binoculars on a homemade mount (see Equipment section).
I was using a 14″ dobsonian on a tracking mount but this cannot see over the observatory walls.
When I am not using the observatory, I can be found under the dark skies of Salisbury Plain with the Salisbury Plain Observing Group; on Tenerife at the Mons Observatory and I am a member of both Andover AS and Basingstoke AS.
I have started putting videos on youtube: You Tube: Refreshing Views
Videos of the lunar eclipse, a visit to Les Granges in Southern France and my homemade parallelogram mount are uploaded already. More to follow ….