Welcome to the
homepage of the Merriott Astronomy and Meteorology Centre, also
combining Merriott Radar Meteor Detection Station.
I am an amateur astronomy photographer, based in South Somerset, UK, but
due to the lack of viewable sky I have at home most of my work is
undertaken at the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth, Devon. I have
always had an interest in Astronomy and it's associated sciences but
never actually took the time to pursue this as a hobby.
In 2005 I bought a cheap Tasco telescope as Mars was in opposition (in
astronomical terms very close to the Earth) and had some great views
whilst Mars was visible, also the Moon was a fascinating target to while
away the hours, but this scope could never look deeper into space at far
off distant Galaxies and Nebulae and my enthusiasm waned, and the scope
Then in 2010 I saw a computerised telescope on TV and immediately had to
have one, little did I know how deep the bug bites when it gets you and
since then most of my leisure time is taken up with either imaging (when
the clouds move away!) or with other aspects of astronomy and learning
all about this amazing sky above us.
In the middle of 2011 I installed a Weather station system at my home
and this records and uploads data online not only to this website but to
other international weather recording websites.
Later in 2011 I also decided to join another group at the Observatory,
the Radio Meteor Detection group, and after some helpful advice and
instructions I purchased the necessary equipment. This system can
actually detect meteoroids entering the Earth's atmosphere day or night,
rain or shine so keeps me busy when the sky is too cloudy for astro-imaging.
The system also records data and uploads the detection screens onto this
website 24/7. At the moment I also collate all of the detection station
images onto this website, although bigger and brighter things are
expected of this system in the near future.
Throughout this site are many of my astronomy images, captured by myself
since beginning astro-photography in June 2010.
Please look around and let me know what you think, Dave.