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StubIt's my firm belief that the secret to long life and happiness is to keep learning, discovering new ideas and building new skills. This is a place where I hope to share many of my hobbies and interests, and hopefully encourage others with creative and enquiring minds to have a go as well.

The website keeps growing, plenty of new pages added on Messier Objects and starting to add some Free Plans - Enjoy!

Stub Mandrel


Image of the Month for January 2021: The Horsehead and Flame Nebulas

The Horsehead and Flame Nebulas, imaged in narrowband

The Horsehead Nebula or Barnard 33 is a small dark nebula, whose fame arises from two things - fortuitously lying in front of a 'curtain' of ionised hydrogen gas and a remarkable resemblance to a horse's head. This image also shows the bright double star Alnitak (note the smaller companion star just left of the main star), and the bright Flame nebula (NGC 2024 or Sh2-277). Again the Flame nebula is the result of bright hydrogen behind a dark dust cloud. Smaller areas of blue reflection nebula where the dusty nebulas scatter starlight are also visible in the image. This image is a composite of three monochrome images filtered  for the light of hydrogen alpha, sulphur ii and oxygen iii mapped in that order as red, green blue and then colour balanced.

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So far the topics covered by this website concentrate on four main areas:

Model engineering - the making of working models essentially using the same materials and techniques as the prototypes.

Norden Steam Engine Typical model engineering project - Norden Steam Engine

Metalworking workshop - not just for model engineering, all sorts of hobby engineering

Quick Change Toolpost In the workshop - make this Quick Change Toolpost

Projects - mostly boats so far, but I will be adding other stuff! All the things that aren't mostly made of metal.

Miss Britain III Fast model boats - Miss Britain III

Astronomy - a hobby that offers opportunities for photographic, engineering and electronic projects while also opening my eyes to the vastness and variety of the universe.

Andromeda Galaxy Astronomy and astrophotography, probing the universe!

That's not everything though, I will be adding reviews of some of my favourite music, and perhaps a few of my own tunes, some of my photography and you will also find the obscure Adept Lathe Register on these pages.

Adept Lathe The internet legend is here - The Adept Lathe Register