Astronomy - Bob Preston

2016 Bob Preston


My Astronomy

Most of my astronomy is done from the back yard. This has the complications associated with ambient light for neighbours and the sky reflection from Naas. I have taken some photo while in Australia and tried on some other holidays. I hope to take the telescope away in the west soon as the best skies in Europe are in Ireland.


My telescope is the Celestron's Nexstar 8 SE telescope, a very nice piece of kit that was straightforward to set up. It comes with the following fearures:

  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, StarBright XLT high transmission coatings
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Nearly 40,000-object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects