Dec 3 2012

Oh She Likes Penguins

Mr Stuff

The other day there was a show on with Nigel Marvin looking at penguins on the Falklands and little Pepper took quite an interest in them. It took a little encouragement, note Mrs Stuff pointing at them, but after that she was away :)

Watching Penguins 1

Watching Penguins 2

Feb 26 2012

Silver Lining

Mr Stuff

Hello there, realised it’s been ages since I last blogged anything so here’s an update and stuff :)

For the last month or so my illness has been going nuts, lots of bad days, early mornings and the like, not a lot of fun. And this morning I was up at 4am thanks to Pepper kindly vomiting on the bed, although to be fair to her I was just about to get up anyway. But it didn’t help.

So I was up early, ho hum. I’ve probably mentioned before that early morning TV is hateful and I will do almost anything to not watch it, so seeing it was clear out I set up the telescope to cool down. Once it was cooled I saw an opportunity to have a peek at Saturn, and she was looking really nice. So I thought why don’t I try taking a pic?

It sounds like a really easy thing to do, just poke the phone camera at the eyepiece and away you go, but it’s not that easy. You need to try and make sure that the camera is pointing directly into the eyepiece, not easy when the camera is flush to the back of the phone and you can’t see it. To make it harder I was using a 6.5mm eyepiece which has a really small hole to look into, then add in that Saturn is moving and only remains in the centre of the view for about 20 seconds. So there is a lot of adjusting the scope and trying to line up the camera.

I was at this for about 90 mins and in that time took about 10 pics and 2 video’s, hoping there was at least one good frame in there, and there was. The last picture that I took before trying the video’s, and before Saturn vanished behind the flats next door, was spot on. In fact I can say I’m blown away by it.

Since putting the picture onto Twitter I’ve had numerous retweets, thanks to @Peoplesastro, lots of really nice comments and a few new followers. But I’ve kind of made a rod for my own back since this is my 1st real go at astrophotography and IMO it’s a blinder, I hope I can follow it up :)

So enough of that, here is the pic in question. I hope you like it.


Aug 20 2011

New Style Bird Feeder

Mr Stuff

Pepper was very playful yesterday and decided, after reading Simon’s Cat, that pretending to be a bird feeder is the best way to catch them

Bird Feeder

Jul 28 2011

Prescription House time

Mr Stuff

Today I had to pick up a big prescription order, nearly ran out of most of my tablets, so figured it was time for another prescription house. Hope you enjoy it and btw this is my 6th prescription house.

Prescription House 6

Jul 25 2011

Fair ’nuff I spose

Mr Stuff

The other day I was thinking to myself just how to make our garden cleaner and this morning I found the solution. Just run the hoover over it

Garden Hoovering

May 17 2011

Astronomy Go

Mr Stuff

I’ve now started my OU astronomy course and am planning on doing about 10 – 15 hours studying per week, we’ll see how it goes and how easily I can learn the stuff but that’s the plan. I’ve already learned how to use a planisphere, which is quite complicated but good for predicting stuff.

So in honour of me starting that and the shuttle launch yesterday here are some of the best pics of the launch I’ve seen.

These 2 are from @stefmara taken from a plane and are and

Shuttle1Shuttle 2

And here is an awesome pic from @treyratcliff and is


Dec 18 2010

Wrapping up warm

Mr Stuff

So it’s snowing again, this time there is less than there was 2 weeks ago but Pepper is still not happy about it. She doesn’t like the cold snow so is wrapping up as warm as she can

wrap up warm

Jul 5 2010

Clouds that look like things

Mr Stuff

Recently there have been a few times where I’ve seen clouds that look like waves, which is nice, so I took some pics of them to share with you all.

Wave clouds 1
Wave clouds 2

Jul 1 2009

It’s that time again

Mr Stuff

Today was one of those days when I had to go and pick up a new load of prescriptions so it must be time for Episode III of Mr Stuff’s Prescription House :)

Prescription House III

Mar 20 2009

Going for a swander

Mr Stuff

I took a wander to the Co-op earlier and saw a bizarre sight on the way, two people were wandering along the bridge with what looked like a towel held out between them, odd I thought until I got closer. Then I realised that they were trying to herd a swan off the bridge and back to the river, as I approached them from behind (they were walking the same way as me) I decided I’d overtake but give the bird a wide berth. I did so and then wandered along a bit quicker in case it decided it would bite me in my ass, which it didn’t do. Then by the time I came out of the shop it was all over and the bird was back in the river.

But I couldn’t help but think what would have happened if a group of schoolchildren, out on a field trip, happened to wander into it’s path, we’d be knee deep in broken arms before you could blink.

I took this pic, it’s not very good quality but I didn’t want to stand too close to it as it was fairly freaked out by the traffic.

Swandering about