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Astrocruise is about photography - photography of both our 'inner world' (the Earth) and our 'outer world' (everything beyond the Earth), namely the cosmos; the solar system, the milky way, galaxies, indeed the universe. Since the Earth is inextricably part of the cosmos there is a strong affinity; photography merges to astrophotography when we aim our cameras above the horizon. It is all photography, and essentially the same light illuminates all of these photographs; it is all a form of 'sunlight' - stars are distant suns.

Astrophotography is a special form of photography that (uniquely) reveals objects that are invisible to the unaided eye - the distances within our macrocosm are so vast that much of it can only be seen by means of long exposure photographs. The camera, by accumulating light, helps reveal mysteries of the universe that otherwise remain invisible. The earth and all of its life forms evolved from the same elements that gave light to these photographs - it is all part of our natural heritage.

The photography on these pages is largely from my home location in Wiltshire and from southern France. New images are added frequently so please visit again soon.

Please see below for the Highlights and News sections which have recent images and the Image Gallery section which has the complete collection of my work.
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Conjunction over Stonehenge

Horsehead Closeup

Great Orion Nebula

Pleiades - Seven Sisters

Hale-Bopp over Stonehenge

Full Moon

Planets over Stonehenge

Antares & Rho Ophiuchus

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

Veil Nebula West

Image Gallery

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New Images from March 2011 to February 2012:

Conjunction over Stonehenge

M65 M66 Galaxy Pair in Leo

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

Horsehead Closeup

M1 - Crab Nebula

WitchHead Nebula IC2118


James O'Donnell Inaugural Organ Concert
Holy Cross Ramsbury - 4th October 2014
Please click here for a YouTube video of the Complete Concert

Ramsbury Holy Cross Organ Restoration:
Please click here for a YouTube video of the Complete Restoration Recording: Parts 1 to 4

June 9, 2019
Ramsbury Airfield 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the massive airlift operation to Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny. Very early on D-Day morning, fifty-two C-47 aircraft, each towing a glider, thundered past this very spot on their way to Normandy.

Please click here to see the YouTube video of this event

Ramsbury & Environs - An album of photographs which illustrate Ramsbury's amazing AONB landscapes, from Axford in the west to Chilton Foliat in the east, including the steep valley of the river Kennet and Grade I listed church

Ramsbury Airfield as it existed in 2010 - prior to the demolition of historical WWII structures
A photographic album of the structures that were present during D-Day operations in 1944, prior to their demolition in 2010

The Raven's Call: Voices Through Time - HD YouTube Video of the complete performance
An epic production involving a cast of hundreds from Ramsbury and surrounding villages

Please help identify our Iringa house, where we lived from 1949 - 1952


African Adventure! October 2017: A tour of the northern Tanzania reserves: Lake Manyana, Ngorongoro, including the Crater, and the Serengeti. Amazing wildlife footage.
Please click here for the YouTube video


Prince Charles visits Ramsbury, December 15, 2017


Please click these YouTube links to see two wonderful performances by Kevin Bates:

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - by GF Handel
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals - by Saint-Saëns


Ramsbury Memorial Hall, 90th Anniversary Commemoration
Please click here for the YouTube Video



Presentations on astronomical imaging - more than 40 presentations since 2001

Open Skies Events - astronomical viewing sessions through large telescopes for the local community

Dark Skies - find out how you can help us see the stars

New article added: Astro-Physics AP 900GTO Mount - some experiences

Visit BBC Wiltshire to see their Astrocruise feature article and their Venus Transit feature

Prints: obtain high quality prints; dedicate a print to someone special


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Last updated: 23 April 2023