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Astrophotography & DIY astronomy at the Curdridge Telescope Observatory

Welcome to The Curdridge Observatory.The majority of our astronomy and narrowband astrophotography imaging is done using CCD cameras and reflecting Skywatcher telescopes in Curdridge, Southampton, UK. Our work does not produce regular entries into Astronomy Picture of the Day or rival the Hubble Space Telescope, but is sometimes quite unusual! We try and make an effort to image more obscure targets, especially narrowband imaging of dim objects. We also enjoy the DIY aspects of astronomy and much prefer to build our own solutions utilising techniques such as a mini-lathe and home anodising for extra satisfaction

I have some strong views on astronomical equipment. We dislike the current mind set found in some amateur astronomers of spending to solve problems. Whilst we accept that some astronomy equipment must be purchased, we will only take this course when it becomes impossible to devise a solution on our own. DIY homemade astronomy kit gives a much better satisfaction per astrophotograph. And it is cheaper. Time spent solving a problem properly is time well spent. Going for a quick retail fix rarely works, it is always better to understand the problem properly.

DIY Astronomy & Equipment

DIY telescope mount

Arduino Telescope control

Lathes and telescopes

Fluxgate Magnetometer

Weather Station


DIY Home aluminium anodising

Homemade DIY telescope focuser & telescope filter wheel

Webcam Mods Summary

Webcam Amp Off Mods

Webcam Raw mode

Recent Images



Sharpless Catalogue 2011/12 All images
Astronomy Articles & News

Astronomy Software Services Video Tutorials

Astrophotography Blog

Notes on Autoguiding EQ Mounts

Counting Photons

Accountant Tutorial

Webcam & CCD Spectroscopy

Astronomy Today

NGC7293 Helix nebula
SH2-170 Sharpless 170
CTB1 Supernova remnant
SH2-168 Sharpless HII regions. Sh2-169 and Sh2-168
NGC7380 Wizard Nebula
PN G75.5+1 Soap Bubble Nebula
NGC6888 Crescent nebula
M16 Eagle nebula
ARP84 NGC 5395 & 5394 (Arp 84)
M87 M87 Jet 3C 274, Virgo A



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