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Welcome to Cromarty Vortex! 


I'm Antony McEwan, and if you have found your way to this website it was probably by following a link found on one of the astronomical websites that I contribute to.

As webmaster for the website of the Highlands Astronomical Society, I intend to use my website as a kind of 'overflow' area or testing ground for observation reports, images and articles that for one reason or another don't quite make it to Please see my links page for more of my favourite astronomical sites.


sunset - cromarty vortex style!

Why 'Cromarty Vortex'? As a long-term member of the Highlands Astronomical Society I've spent many nights observing the night sky from Cromarty and its surrounding area as well as from the Society's observatory at Culloden Moor. Often I've had a fantastic sky outside Cromarty while observers at Culloden have have had an average or poor night. I'm not the only Black Isle observer to have noticed this, so we light-heartedly attribute the phenomenon to a mysterious 'Cromarty Vortex' that gives Black Isle based observers better skies than our Inverness-based friends!


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Triplet Apo 90mm page
Observation report 2010/2011
Equinox 120ED page
First Thoughts articles
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