Welcome to Peter's Online Astronomy Journal.
G'Day welcome to my journal. I hope the entries here will provide you with some useful information about the southern skies.
Update 1 December, 2010: well its been over 6 years that Neil has beeen providing the Astronomy Community with a really useful and simple service. Once again Neil thank-you; your efforts are greatly appreciated; keep up the good work mate.
As for my Astronmy this year it has essentially been a non-event. We have had the wettest year on record (since 1843) and instead of 250 odd clear nights we have had less than 30. So the sugarcane is growing like crazy, my tomato vines are delivering about 5 pounds of tomatoes a week, plus the fishing and crabbing has been great, but I am still yearning for a few cloudless nights.
I am semi-retired so have the luxury of being able to devote a lot time to my hobbies. I have been into astronomy for over twenty years and am still amazed by the sights the heavens have to offer.
Apart from Astronomy I am very interested in fishing, gardening and computers.
Favorite Sky Object
The southern cross (Crux) although it is the smallest constellation it is one of the most elegant and distinctive. Crux has some beautiful double stars and the aptly named Jewel Box open cluster with white, red and orange stars.
Experience: 10+ Years
Astrophotography: No, I do not take pictures through my telescope
Where I live
Maryborough, Qld, Australia,
Comments about where I live
I live in the sub tropical region of eastern, Australia. Because of the low population and almost no air or light pollution the skies here are extremly dark and really magnificent. We are also blessed with great weather, averaging about 250 clear nights a year. 2010 has been super wet hoping for a return to normal in 2011.