Welcome to www.JimsCosmos.com
this site contains a selection of my personal astronomical content. Click on any of the links at the top of the page or images above to navigate to the appropriate place. I'm an amateur astronomer
and have tinkered a little in this and that. This site contains some images
I've taken through a variety of telescopes. Details of how to build a 457mm (18") Dobsonian Telescope
and some interactive star charts
aimed at my own personal preference of using Tirion's Sky Atlas 2000.0 in the field, and keeping a list of what I've observed over the years. There are individual charts for the Messier Catalogue
, Caldwell Catalogue
Herschel 400 Catalogue
see the Star Charts
page for more information. These catalogues can be downloaded as spreadsheets and PDF documents. There are also individual finder charts for objects (e.g: Messier 45
) and constellations (e.g: Orion
As an amateur astronomer I get asked a wide variety of questions, especially when people find out I'm a computer scientist, these usually boil down to which software do I recommend, so I've included a media
page which lists this information along with links to various podcasts, books, music and so on.
I hope you find the content of this site useful, if you want you can also drop me a line
with any comments or suggestions you may have (or any issues you spot, this is a redesign of my site so probably still has a few teething problems, so be please be patient).