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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 is Neil Wyatt, amateur model maker and astrophotographer, over-enthusiastic bass player, and Chartered Environmentalist.


Astrophotography Gallery

Image(s) of the Month for October 2021: The Threadgate Star Party.

Something a bit different this month, a selection of my images from a very special star party organised by a bunch of astro rebels - You know who you are folks! 😎

The Elephant's Trunk Nebula:

Elephant's Trunk Nebula



Heart Nebula:

Heart Nebula

Bubble Nebula and Friends:

Bubble Nebula

Triangulum Galaxy, M33:


Nightscape (single exposure with Samsung Galaxy A51):


The Milky Way (Single exposure with Samsung Galaxy A51):

Milky Way

Astrophotography Gallery


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