I am awaiting my new telescope. A new hobby I'm taking up. It will travel with me when we go motorhoming in Bryony.
But, and I know it sounds stupid, but what if it could accompany me upriver....the Tamar....in Arwen?
There are some lovely spots with minimal light pollution and some big open skies; some framed with stupendous viaducts; others with mill houses. There are some little marsh creeks, where there is sufficient hard ground or a hidden crumbling quayside where I could stand a tripod mounted scope securely. Certainly plenty of good spots for some landscape astrophotography at the very least.
Anyway, to this end, here are some posts I've written about my tentative footsteps into the world of astronomy. I will post blogs at a later date about my tentative steps into the world of marine landscape astrophotography when I have got my head around it. For now, most of my reading time is focused on getting to grips with the night sky constellations, lists of deep space objects and working out how to use a computerized GOTO mount system.
I also rashly signed up to some OU courses on astronomy as well!
You can find my first blogs about beginning with a telescope here at
In the meantime, aside of reading 'Turn Left at Orion', I have also been reading a fascinating book about the history of the Tamar valley. It's made me think a deeper exploration of my local river system is required. I normally sail straight up the rivers to their headwaters, bypassing lots of interesting places.
So this year when lock down is lifted I intend exploring the marshes, lakes, creeks, tributaries, nooks and crannies of the river Tamar. Along the way I will stop off and take time to explore the history of this extraordinary place.
More in future posts but you can access videos of my recent cruises up the Tamar and Lynher here
Start with this short appetiser 😉😁 Here's to getting back out of lock down and back onto the water. Fair winds everyone.