Welcome to Caracol Astronomy, the website of a UK based amateur astronomer. For as long as I can remember I've had an innate desire to learn more about what lies beyond the tenuous veil of the Earth's atmosphere. My first telescopic views of the rings of Saturn and cloud belts of Jupiter were mesmerising and ensured my interest never waned. I've spent many an evening contemplating the true immensity of the Universe and find it both humbling and intoxicating. While it's true that we don't yet have all the answers, our understanding of the laws of physics and the nature of the Universe is developing faster than ever before.
Sadly hidden from view by ever increasing light pollution it's perhaps not surprising that so many people are oblivious to the true wonders of the night sky. In an age when most people's lives revolve around their favourite TV shows, social networking websites, gadgets and computer games many people have an extremely limited knowledge of astronomy, often confusing it with astrology. Many would argue why an understanding of the Universe is relevant at all. I believe it is important to remember that the Earth will not always be as hospitable as it is now and that in the distant future we will be forced to either adapt, relocate or become extinct. This may not happen for a very long time, but we have a great deal to learn before then.
I feel privileged to live at a time when amateur astronomers are able to produce images that only 20 years ago would have been impossible even from the best telescopes on the planet. The purpose of this website is to serve as a convenient source from which to display the results of my foray into astrophotography. You will also find product reviews I have written up and posted to this site in the hope that they may prove useful to others. In the projects area you will find detailed descriptions of innovations or modifications I have carried out with the aim of improving the instruments I use and making the data collection process more efficient. If my work can help introduce others to this most awe inspiring of subjects and increase public awareness of astronomy then it would make me very happy indeed.
Should anyone like to use any of the images on this site for their own purposes please feel free to do so, though I would be grateful if you could include a reference to this site. Many of the tools and techniques available to amateur astronomers are only available because of this philosophy. If you would like to contact me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.