How to Take Pictures of an Eclipse book released!

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Do you want to learn how to take photographs of an exciting Solar or Lunar Eclipse? Do you have the right equipment for the job? Do you want to know ALL the tips and techniques needed to make this a success?

A total Solar Eclipse is an incredible sight to behold. It is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events and has been the subject of amazement, wonder and fear throughout the ages.

But they don’t come around very often. In fact, the last total solar eclipse in North America was 40 years ago. In 2017, however, you will have another chance to witness this rare phenomenon as another total solar eclipse will occur on the 21st August. The total solar eclipse 2017 is something to not be missed!

Now, with How to Take Pictures of an Eclipse, you can be prepared to capture this unique moment as well as other solar and lunar eclipses with information on:

¬Safety warnings
¬The basics you’ll need to know
¬Getting the images you really want
¬What sort of camera to use
¬Using a telescope
¬Motorized mounts
¬And much more…

Capturing this amazing, once-in-a-generation event is something that you won’t want to miss out on and capturing the best shots of it is crucial when it comes to the bragging rights.

Now is the time to act if you want to be prepared for this spectacular sight. Get your copy of How to Take Pictures of an Eclipse now and make sure that you are ready to get the photographs that will amaze your friends and family and be the envy of all.

Get your copy in either print or Kindle edition and be ready for the eclipse today!


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Astrophotography tutorials, reviews, and more on our YouTube channel.

I have had a YouTube channel for a long time but never really developed it until recently. Now I have started putting up astrophotography tutorials, reviews, and much more at a breakneck pace. Just last weekend I put around five videos up with several more in process.

Astrophotography tutorials, reviews, and more on my YouTube channel

Just this weekend I added the following videos:

I have also redone several of the existing videos to bring them up to HD (1920 x 1080 @ 30fps) so they look better.

If you have a topic you would like for me to cover, use the contact form to let me know. I will be covering anything and everything I can come up with for a while to help build the channel. If you are interested in contributing videos to the channel, let me know as well.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel!


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WordPress For Normal People book released!

WordPress For Normal People is my new book which has just been released on Amazon in both print and kindle editions.

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WordPress is the perfect tool to help you build the website you’ve always wanted. But the ‘help’ aspect which is built into it isn’t always the right thing for someone who just getting started and needs to know how to build a website.

What you need, and what this book will provide, is a book that shows you how to get off the ground and then build on that knowledge to give you a secure and usable website.

Written in distinct sections WordPress for Normal People will give you everything you need to know on how to create a website including;

*Getting Started
*The basics of websites and WordPress
*Getting WordPress up and running
*Using it day to day
*Going past the basics
*Advertising and promoting your website

WordPress for Normal People aims to take you from not knowing what WordPress is, and only knowing what a website is from the end user’s point of view, then educating you all the way into being able to install, secure and maintain a fully interactive website by reading one single book.

With an emphasis on the things you need for the WordPress website to work on a day to day basis, the focus is on simplicity for both the user and admin. Simple, effective, fast, and with as little interaction from the admin as possible are the goals. And WordPress for Normal People delivers!

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If you have ever deleted a file accidentally or had a hard drive fail and take all of your precious data with it, then this book is for you. From the simplest procedures of restoring files from your recycle bin to completely disassembling a hard drive to replace a bad head, you will find it covered in here. Tips and tricks from over thirty years of working on computers are here with plenty of images accompanying the text.

Written for the typical computer user with virtually no technical experience, or for the novice computer technician who wants to add basic data recover to their toolbox, either reader is bound to find a treasure trove of useful information covering all three of the major computer platforms: Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

Learn how to:

* Undelete accidentally deleted files
* Restore deleted partitions and file systems
* Copy or “clone” drives even when malfunctioning
* Identify characteristics and work with a variety of file systems
* Recover files from drives that will not boot
* Create bootable media for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines
* Backup your data to prevent future data loss
* Permanently delete data so that it cannot be recovered
* Talk to the customer about their options

WordPress For Normal People is available from Amazon in both Kindle and print editions.


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Data Recovery For Normal People book released!

Data Recovery For Normal People is my new book which has just been released on Amazon in both print and kindle editions.

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Information Technology is an area which is constantly on the move, sometimes at a speed which is dizzying and difficult to keep pace with. In particular data recovery can be one of the more complex problems you might encounter and in order to keep up with the latest trends and information you could be required to read endless tomes, watch hours of videos or trawl through myriad blogs. The sheer amount of information is often overwhelming and confusing.

Data Recovery for Normal People is a new book which aims to make this process a lot simpler. Designed for both beginners who have little knowledge of technical issues and for those who may own their own computing business and want to learn more, it delivers what you need to know in 9 parts, covering all the essential such as;

• How data is lost
• Understanding data storage
• Recovering deleted or corrupted files
• How to prevent future data losses
• Encryption and data destruction
• And a whole lot more…

You will also find explanations behind the hardware and software, helping you to understand why some data can be recovered and some cannot.

Data Recovery for Normal People also provides a foundation in file storage in general. It is a comprehensive and important read for anyone who wants to understand a bit more about the problems that data loss can bring, and whether you are a novice or a budding enthusiast this is one book you cannot afford to miss.

Get your copy today. Use it as a ‘how to’ manual for everyday issues, or as a handy guide to be picked up and studied when problems occur.

Available from Amazon in both Kindle and print editions.


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Brightest supermoon in seventy years

Last night was the brightest supermoon in seventy years, or so they say. Unfortunately I was not doing anything special for the occasion although I did get to spend a few minutes out at the observatory and took a few pictures.

So what exactly is a supermoon? Let’s start answering that question with the fact that the moon’s orbit around the earth is not a perfect circle but more of an ellipse. At times that means the moon is closer to the earth than at other times. A supermoon is when you have a full (or new although you can’t really see it then) moon at the same time as the moon is at it’s closest point in it’s orbit of the Earth.

Put a little simpler, it is when the moon is full and close at the same time.

What this means to us astronomers and astrophotographers is that the moon appears bigger and brighter than at any other time.

Supermoon rising over the observatory domeThis image is the moon rising above the observatory dome. Unfortunately unless you are familiar with the SHSU observatory and what the moon typically looks like out there, you may not see that this does indeed look pretty big. It was an impressive sight.

This next picture should get your attention however:

Supermoon backlighting the observatory domeMost people would guess that this is the observatory dome right before sunrise, or sunset. They would be wrong. This was taken at 7:09pm CST facing east (the sun sets in the west, so behind me, not behind the dome). The light you see is the moon about 20 degrees or so above the horizon.

Yes, it was that bright. How bright? Reading a printed book with nothing but moonlight was not only possible, but quite easy.

When is the next supermoon?

If you missed it never fear, the next supermoon is scheduled to appear on December 3rd, 2017. It will not be quite as spectacular as this one however. If you want something this amazing you will have to wait until November 25th, 2034!

Until the next supermoon, Clear skies!


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