Happy birthday to ‘A Breathtaking Window on the Universe’

Three years ago today, copies of “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” arrived on La Palma, and went on sale in book shops on the island, and at Dragon Tree Publishing. The Spanish version went on sale in 2013. It’s a guide to the observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos written for normal people rather than astrophysicists.   You can read more about the book, or buy the second…

December 2, 2015


January 17, 2015

The Isaac Newton Group (who run the two big British telescopes on La Palma) will be holding a conference in March on the evolution of galaxies. And they want lots of copies of my book to give to atendees. So that’s me happy.


Well that was nice!

I got a rather mysterious phone call from one of the bookshops which sells my book.  The owner said that she’d sold one, and the other was stained, but I had to come and see what stained it.  “It’s a surprise. And I must say, the customer’s attitude surprised me.” Obviously that roused my curiosity, and I went. My best guess was that the stain was from something like an…

April 26, 2013

NOT a place I’ve been before

In all my 11 years of working at the Roque as a software engineer, I never visited the Nordic Optical Telescope. We used to joke that it was NOT one of ours. And in two years of tour guiding up there, I never went in either. It was NOT on my programme. But now I’m writing an e-book about the observatory, and it’s NOT a good idea to write about…

November 22, 2009