Saturday, 22 December 2012


Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy With Binoculars

One misconception is that one needs to have a telescope to get started in amateur astronomy. Actually, you do not need a telescope to get started. In fact if people just rushed and buy any telescope it could even turned out to be an obstacle.
Those telescopes in department stores, wrapped in colorful boxes containing beautiful pictures of planets galaxies are just too much for a new comer to resist. Furthermore, these telescopes claimed to have amazing magnification values.
However once at home, they discovered that the telescope is next to being useless for observation. Flimsy tripod, misaligned finder scope, poor quality optics makes it difficult to locate objects in the night sky except the moon. In the end, the telescope probably ends up in the basement and the owner gave up on astronomy altogether.
 A good set of astronomical binocular will be an asset in this hobby. Binoculars give a wide field of view which makes it easy to find objects in the sky. Compared to a naked eye, binoculars with a wide aperture capture more light and the view of the night sky viewed thought a binocular is totally different to the view with the naked eye. Furthermore, most binoculars are built for comfortable use.
A point to note is when purchasing binoculars, invest in one with a tripod mount. This gives the option of mounting the binoculars onto a tripod. Once mounted, binoculars are almost the perfect instrument for astronomy. This makes it far better to any telescope of the same price range i.e. $ 100 to $300.

Step by step of how to get started in astronomy.

Step1 –
 Grab a good book on astronomy. You can search for it in Amazon by typing the words “amateur astronomer guide”. A recommended book is Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning About over 125 Celestial Objects by Philip S. Harrington. This book gives you a good introduction to astronomy and the equipment needed. The recommended book actually has a section that dwells on binoculars. Start this hobby by reading and you are building a good foundation of knowledge in astronomy.
Step2 –
 Get a star map of the night sky or better still a planisphere. A planisphere is a star chart in the form of two adjustable disks that rotate on a common pivot. It can be adjusted to display the visible stars for any time and date. It is an instrument to assist in learning how to recognize stars and constellations. Get one that is correct for your location.

Step3 –
With the planisphere, get outside and learn to identify some constellation. There are some constellations easily identifiable depending on the month. In winter month, the constellation Orion is the most easily recognizable. Then from there move on to others. Practice this and in no time you will be very familiar. Oh another thing, you will need a flash light with a red filter or a red LED flash light to read the planisphere in the dark. Why red light? Well just say that our eyes have a low sensitivity to red light. Thus you can look at your planisphere with a dim red light without losing your dark adaptation.

Step4 -
It is time to get a binocular. Now don’t just get any binocular from the department stores. Go to a specialty astronomy store, using the book in step 1 as a guide. It is recommended you get a decent pair of 7 x 50 binoculars. Any higher power will magnify your hand vibration. A 7 x has the right balance for hand held or tripod mount. So with your new bino, start exploring the constellation that you had been making friends with earlier in step 3.
Time to start hunting for other objects in the sky. You look for galaxies, deep sky objects and planets using your binocular. For this you will need a guide. A good guide book recommended is "Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope--and How to Find Them by Guy Consolmagno, Dan M. Davis". It is a great book for beginners to start hunting deep sky objects. Although the book is geared towards small telescopes users, it is still a good guide for binoculars users too.

Follow these 5 steps will get you started in amateur astronomy. An in no time you will can call yourself and amateur astronomer.
Also make yourself comfortable during your sky gazing session. As you will be out there in the night or early hours it will be cold. Use warm clothing and have hot drinks and light snacks ready. A hot drink makes a nice relief after watching the night sky for hours in the cold. Get a lawn chair too. It is a pain in the neck for you to keep looking up with your binocular. It will be a pleasure lying down on the lawn chair and looking up at the night sky with your binocular. Enjoying the beauty of the night sky this way is a totally unique and relaxing experience.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Beatles: Rare... Available From Personal Collection

The Beatles:  Rare... Available From Personal Collection
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The Beatles - A Drug, Divorc and a Sleeping image
The Beatles - As It happened Baby
The Beatles - Causualities
The Beatles - Die Beatles In Deutschland
The Beatles - Get Back, The Original Let It Be George Martin Mix - complete 14 tracks_
The Beatles - I Had A Dream
The Beatles - Is Paul McCartney Dead (Rare Radio Show Bootleg 1978
The Beatles - Johnny and the Moondogs (1963-64) very rare
The Beatles - Lennon & McCartney - 68- 05-14  NBC-TV - Tonight Show Intro
The Beatles - Live At The Star Club in Hamburg 1962  (full 30 song album)
The Beatles - Live Budokan Japan
The Beatles - Live in italy 1965
The Beatles - Live In New Orleans 9.16.64
The Beatles - live Vancouver BC Aug 1964
The Beatles - Men & Horses Hoops & Garters
The Beatles -Only Northern Songs beatles fanclub nl
The Beatles - Paul Mc Cartenay  the Nashville Sessions
The Beatles - Random Oddities
The Beatles - Rarer than Rare
The Beatles - The Complete BBC Sessions
The Beatles - The Complete Control Room Monitor Mixes
The Beatles Christmas Album - The Beatles Fan Club 63-69 plus lost message
John Lennon - 60th Birthday Radio Special
The Beatles Last Concert- Candle Stick Park
The Beatles - Miss Him, Miss Him, Miss Him  CD1 and CD2
The Beatles - A Parlaphone Rehearsals Session (Remaster)
The Beatles - Beatles - All Good Children Go To Heaven
The Beatles -  Alternate Rubber Soul
The Beatles - Any Truth In The Rumour
The Beatles -  DR EBBETTS - Reel Music
The Beatles - Evolution
The Beatles - In Concert - 64.08.23 - Los Angeles
The Beatles - Jammin' With Heather
The Beatles - The Songs The Beatles Gave Away  (Bootleg Box Set)
The Beatles - Twenty Never Published Songs
The Beatles - (BOOTLEG) - Solo Promos (core collection)
The Beatles -Tapes IV - Hong Kong 1964
The Beatles - Beatles Tapes V (Interviews) - 1965 Help Tour
The Beatles -In Their Own Words - Dark Horse_The Secret
The Beatles - Dr Ebbett's - Die Beatles
The Beatles  Live in Indiana (9-03-64)
The Beatles - Dr Ebbett's - Die Beatles

The Beatles - George Martin - NYC Radio Interview About The Beatles
The Beatles - Hot As Sun (bootleg)
The Beatles - Live in Melbourne 1964 Entire Concer
The Beatles - Live in Montreal
The Beatles - Nightmares {Bootleg}
The Beatles - Radio Caroline Interview (March 25, 1966) - Part 1 - 4
The Beatles - Silver Album (bootleg)
The Beatles - The Songs The Beatles Gave Away  (Bootleg Box Set)
The Beatles - You And Me Babe
The Beatles & The Kinks - rare & unreleased
The Beatles - Greatest Hits- Entire Album CD - One (PERFECT)
George Harrison - Interview  Feb 15 2001
George Harrison - Electronic Sound
George Harrison - NPR Fresh Air - Interview with Olivia Harrison
George Harrison - Overexposed & Hypnotized  6 Apr 1992
George Harrison & Jeff Lynne - Radio Interview 1988
John Lennon - 60th Birthday Radio Special
John Lennon - 2004 - Acoustic (new)
John Lennon - 60th Birthday Radio Special
John Lennon - Free as a Bird Alternates
John Lennon - Menlove Avenue
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Demos & Outtakes
John Lennon -The Village Tapes - Last Sessions
Paul McCartney & Cat Stevens - Adopt A Minefield
Paul Mc Cartney - Deleted gems & live treasures

Paul Mc Cartney - Life Works Vol 1 & 2
Paul McCartney - 26 Jun 2004 - Worthy Farm Pilton, Glastonbury
Paul McCartney - 1976-06-13 - Live in San Francisco
Paul McCartney - 2004-06-02 - Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich cdx2
Paul McCartney - Howard Stern Interview
Paul McCartney - On A Rainy Day
Paul McCartney - Press To Play
Paul  McCartney Live at the Cavern 99 SFX Radio
Paul McCartney - Run Devil Run
Paul McCartney - The Lost McCartney Album - The Unreleased
Paul McCartney & George Harrison - On TV Dutch Show
Paul McCartney & Cat Stevens - Adopt A Minefield

Monday, 12 November 2012

 Jupiter In the Constellation Taurus
Fuji finepix 6 second exposure DH




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Monday, 15 October 2012

The Balance * moody blues *

The Balance
Graeme Edge and Ray Thomas

After he had journeyed
And his feet were sore
And he was tired
He came upon an orange grove
And he rested

And he lay in the cool
And while he rested 
He took to himself an orange 
And tasted it
And it was good

And he felt the earth to his spine
And he asked
And he saw the tree above him
And the stars
And the veins in the leaf
And the light
And the balance

And he saw magnificent perfection
Whereon, he thought of himself in balance
And he knew he was

Just open your eyes
And realize 
The way it's always been
Just open your mind
And you will find
The way it's always been
Just open your heart
And that's a start

And he thought of those he angered For he was not a violent man And he thought of those he hurt For he was not a cruel man And he thought of those he frightened For he was not an evil man And he understood... He understood himself Upon this he saw That when he was of anger Or knew hurt Or felt fear It was because he was not understanding And he learned ~~Compassion~~ And with his eye of compassion He saw his enemies like unto himself And he learned ~~Love~~ Then, he was answered
Just open your eyes And realize The way it's always been Just open your mind And you will find The way it's always been Just open your heart And that's a start Just open your eyes And realize The way it's always been Just open your mind And you will find The way it's always been Just open your heart And that's a start

Sunday, 23 September 2012



       " THE VOYAGE "
               DAVID HODGSON
" How blind we were, minds choked with facts,
   No knowledge of what lies between.
   (What? Can anything squeeze between two moments
    Say instead that moments punctuate the truth. )
    Watch love and fear, destruction and new birth
    Blossom from colorless ropes of life "
                                                                   - Book of Causes    
  " Can time end? Moments multiply causes,
      Extending eternity "
                                                                    - Book of Causes
             " Psi/key "
" The temporally blind seem incomplete:
    Beings who see in portions
    Yet feel that they are more.
    They know uncertainty,
    And sometimes accept it.
    It takes only a moment. "
                                                                     - Book of Causes
" Arrival and departure are alike:
   Only the force of will
   Gives direction to time. "
                                                                    - Book of Causes
" Is it possible to see too far ?
   Though we see only the truth,
   Our vision may be false:
   In open spaces we see galaxies,
   But few Suns,
   At least, on planets, there are horizons
   Where some can see time move. "
                                                                    - Book of Causes
" There is coherence in time.
    River fundament flows: its unit is change.
    Does this seem paradoxical ?
    There are no paradoxes in reality,
    Only in minds
    That fail to see how moments connect. "
                                                                     - Book of Causes


         " Singular Duality "
                  DAVID HODGSON
" Mind, not me, has seen this moment:
   Coils of flesh enwrap the air
   And churn the river into white.
   Here fear is born, and so am I.
   ( Another moment follows, and another birth
     Each conception takes forever. ) "
                                                                     - Book of Causes

Friday, 24 August 2012

All New Fractal Artwork ....

" My World "
By david hodgson
august 20/12
" Structured "
By david hodgson
august 20/12
" Green Field "
By david hodgson
august 20/12
" Genetic Drive "
By david hodgson
august 21/12
" Circuit One "
By david hodgson
august 21/12
" Circuit One Variant "
By david hodgson
august 21/12
" A Work of Blue "
By david hodgson
august 22/12
" Visioned "
By david hodgson
august 22/12
" Time Circuit "
By david hodgson
august 22/12
" The Somewhere Zone "
By david hodgson
august 22/12
" Psi/optic \illusion "
By david hodgson
august 22/12
" Beyond The Broken "
By david hodgson
august 23/12
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Friday, 27 July 2012

Quartz Crystals ... Healing Pt 3

About the Quartz Family

    When most people hear about crystal quartz/quartz crystal, a picture of a clear or white crystal normally comes to mind. But there are others that belong to this family as well, such as; purple amethyst, pink rose quartz, smoky quartz, aventurine, yellow citrine and several other stones that belong to the quartz family as well. In this article, Here is some of the brief history and uses for some of these quartz crystals.

Clear Quartz Crystal
      Clear Crystal Quartz is a very well known item that is used in every day life. Some of the unique attributes that make it useful in our day-to-day lives are its piezoelectric and pyroelectric abilities. Piezoelectricity is the ability of a crystal to generate a voltage in response to applied mechanical stress. Pyroelectricity is the ability of certain materials to generate an electrical potential when they are heated or cooled. With these qualities, quartz crystal has been used in the making of deep-sea diving instruments, clocks, watches, and the control of radio frequencies.

     The Greeks first gave it the name kystallos or crystallos, and acenteta ("without a core") to this clear rock crystal. The word quartz may have derived from the Slavic word kwardy, which means "hard." The first recording of the Latin quarzum comes from the sixteenth century, by the German writer Agricola; he said the Bohemian miners of Czechoslovakia used this term in reference to quartz. The English spelling was gradually changed from chrystal to crystal between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.

     Archaeologists have discovered Egyptian and Babylonian crystal scarabs, vases, and cylinders, dating back to 1500 B.C.E. Un-worked and un-engraved rock crystals was imported from Alabandina in Asia Minor by the Romans. Roman ladies would carry the crystal spears to cool their hands during the hot weather and the armies also used the crystal spears and lenses as a focus for the sun's rays to cauterize wounds that occurred in battle.

     Crystal Quartz is also known as the Witch's Mirror and Star Stone, which was used in many ancient rituals to start the sacred fires. The Greek Eleusinian Mysteries, held in the honor of the goddess Demeter, started fire by focusing the Sun's rays through the crystal. Explorers have found large quantities of crafted objects made from quartz in the French and Austrian Alps around the 1800's. The Irish and Celts called these rock crystals by the name of God Stones. These stones were buried with the dead, a similar tradition that is also used by the Native Americans. Other finds have included balls of crystals fashioned with metal for use as an amulet, commonly used to ward off ill wishing.

     Quartz is has always been greatly valued in Scotland, where several of the clans have hereditary "victory stones." In some parts of both Scotland and Ireland, the people still pour water over certain ancient crystals then they will give this water to their cattle as a protection against enchantments, illness, and attack by fairies.
     Quartz has a long list of uses associated with it, which can also vary on the termination (this is when the crystal is pointed on either one end or both) of the crystal, the size, shape, and/or colors. This crystal is an all-purpose healer that can be extremely powerful if not used with knowledge and care. This crystal can also be used as an emotional balancer by enhancing the pineal* and pituitary* glands and stimulates the thinking process. It can also be used to repel and destroys negative energies and vibrations, not only in the body's shield, but also in the surrounding environment. Not only can it repel and destroy negative energy but is can also be used to store, transmit and amplify energies. Even individual crystals can also be programmed to hold certain energies.

     This crystal is excellent for meditation as it enhances communication with the higher self, spirit guides, and inter-dimensional entities.If you put this crystal in a headband, it can help you with telepathy or aid you in gaining clarity of visualization. While meditating on a question that concerns you; it will reveal images, symbols, or direct knowledge to help answer your question.

     This crystal can also useful for protection, by burying a chunk of quartz at each of the four corners of the property, house or apartment. This method can also be used in your magic circles for protection as well.

Rose Quartz
      This useful crystal was used by the Assyrians as early as 800 - 600 B.C.E. Later, it became popular among the Romans. Rose Quartz is associated with Taurus and Libra. To dream of this color of quartz means a true love or friendship is coming.
     Rose Quartz is a type of quartz that is light to strong pink, opaque to translucent, and somewhat brittle. It is sometimes called the "love stone"; it eases emotional and sexual imbalances, while helping to clear out stored anger, resentment, guilt fear, and jealousy. It can aid in the development of compassion and love and is very useful in learning how to give and receive love. This crystal is associated with the heart or fourth chakra for comfort and healing. It will help one to forgive and
love oneself. With all that it does for love, one could see why it is also known as the "love stone" or the "stone of unconditional love" and why it is so widely preferred then the other crystals. This crystal can also be used to reveal and bring to the surface buried negative childhood experiences, particularly those of great emotional stress. Such childhood experiences can keep you from moving forward in your life, by facing them will help make you a stronger person and can also help with relationship issues.

Smoky Quartz

     Smoky Quartz is actually clear quartz that has been naturally irradiated by the earth, which gives it its dark smoky color. Although smoky quartz mostly comes from Brazil, very dark smoky quartz comes from Scotland and Colorado.
     The Sumerians and Egyptians were using this stone before 3100 B.C.E. Later it became popular by the Romans who used it in beaded jewelry which was uncovered in Rome. This color of quartz is also known in Scotland as cairngorm, name after the Cairngorm Mountains from where this crystal can be found. Cairngorm was set in the hilts of the Scottish Dirks and in brooches.
     This crystal is very useful to help over come depression and severs mood swings and is mildly sedative and relaxing. It can also help balance sexual energy and may aid in fertility. This crystal is excellent for meditation as it will ground and center you, and can also aid in removing emotional blockages and the negativity that they attract. It will also help strengthen your dream awareness and
channeling, a good stone for mystics and seers. Smoky Quartz will absorb negative energy from the aura and block out psychic attack. It is an ideal stone to help you with linking with the Earth, its energies and Nature spirits.

Purple Amethyst

    The word Amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos, meaning "non-intoxicating." Ancient Greeks and Roman wise men claimed that it had the ability to neutralize  alcohol in  wine just by dropping it in thing. This belief in the power of the amethyst to prevent inebriation was still held in 1750, as reported by Camillus Leonardus, an Italian writer and physician who also listed other
powers of this crystal such as; repressing evil thoughts; grants good understanding; makes a barren wife fruitful; gives victory to the military; and makes wild beasts and birds easy to capture.
    This crystal has a long history with religious practices. In the Egyptian book of the dead, instructions are given for placing heart shaped amethysts on the body of the deceased. This use of the heart -shaped crystal survives today in the practice of the groom giving a hear-shaped amethyst that is set in silver or gold to his bride. This is to confer great happiness and tranquility to the newly
married couple for the rest of their lives. During the Middle Ages in Europe, amethyst was also known as the "bishop's stone," it was worn by cardinals and bishops. The Crusaders continued the Pagan use of amethyst by attaching it to their rosaries. This crystal was even popular during the 15th century because it was thought to control and repel evil spirits. Soldiers wore it as an amulet against injury and death.
     Amethyst is a powerful mental healer that has the ability to sooth the nervous system, aids in neural transmission, focuses realistic goals, and boosts memory. Amethyst is a major player for healers. Even though amethyst is mostly associated with the Brow/6th chakra, it also has the abilities to calm mental disorders, purify the blood, boost memory, find realistic goals, strengthens
the immune system, help with insomnia, and balances and heals all chakras. Amethyst will help reduce the mental burdens and allow you to focus on realistic goals.
     Single amethyst crystals are very beneficial, but clusters are even more powerful and purifying. Because of this purifying power amethyst clusters are also used to help cleanse other crystals and stones simply by placing them on the cluster and leaving them for at least 24 hours. If this is your choice of cleansing for other crystals, you might want to consider soaking the amethyst crystals in a
saline solution for 24 hours, rinse and dry under the moon.

Green Aventurine

Red Aventurine


     The name aventurine derives from the Italian "a ventura," meaning "by chance." This is an allusion to the chance discovery of aventurine glass or goldstone at some point in the 18th century. Although it was known first, goldstone is now a common imitation of aventurine and sunstone. Goldstone is distinguished visually from the latter two minerals by its coarse platelets of copper, dispersed within the glass in an unnaturally uniform manner. It is usually a golden brown, but may also be found in blue or green.
     Aventurine has been known to help relieve anxiety and fear. It has a strong healing energy that affects the pituitary gland*. It sooths the eye and relieves migraines. Some other uses for this crystal are to help build a positive attitude, good health and independence. This crystal can enhance creative visualization, which is excellent for writers, artists, musicians, or anyone in the creative fields.
     Green Aventurine can help enhance your self-esteem; keeps the sixth and seventh chakras open; creates harmony and balance and will help you in channeling. This crystal makes a powerful good luck piece that will draw opportunities your way, even unexpected adventures and good luck in love. Red Aventurine will help stimulate creativity and communications, keeps the second through the
fifth chakra open and balances all the bodies.
     Although green aventurine will attract prosperity and love, it also draws unexpected adventures or incidents. If you are the timid or shy type of person, you might find using this crystal unsettling, but if you stick through it, it can help you over come your shyness.

Yellow Citrine
     This crystal is not very popular compared to the other crystals among the ancient cultures, but it was used during the Hellenistic Age (323-280 B.C.E) in Greece. Its popularity was mostly in jewelry in the first and second centuries in both Rome and Greece. The name probably came from the French word citron ("lemon"), referring to its yellow color.
    Yellow Citrine can help reduce flare-ups from ulcers and helps with digestion. This crystal is also good for tissue regeneration and detoxifying all the bodies. It will also work on the circulation, kidneys, heart, gallbladder, liver, and intestines. This crystal can also help you eliminate self-destructive tendencies and raise the self-esteem. This stone is related to the navel, or third chakra, which can be used to strengthen your self-esteem and protect your aura. It will transform emotional fears, even inherited ones, by giving clarity of thought.
     The vibrations of this crystal will build up physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stamina, thus making it possible to deal with karmic events in a positive manor. This crystal will also help open channels to the intuitive levels of the mind. This crystal has also been associated with prosperity on all levels especially for those that are looking for business success. It will increase a person's motivation and helps in using creative energy. This is an excellent crystal for those in education and business.

     So you never know, that pretty crystal that you once bought because you like the color, the form, etc. might have helped you out in more ways then you realize. If you own any crystals, stones or gemstones that are used as jewelry or as decorations, Look into the history and uses for that crystal and see if things have been different since you acquired that item, or how they might be able
to help you out in the future.


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