Thanks for taking a look everyone, and for the useful feedback.
raisindot wrote:I love the images galleries, but the home page itself could use some work. I think it looks a bit cold and institutional.
Ok thanks, I'll have a think about how I can smarten it up a bit. I intend to take some more pictures next time I'm down there.
raisindot wrote:I'd also recommend getting rid of the HTML text that flies around when you roll over it--it's a bit of dancing baloney that doesn't serve much of a purpose. I'd recommend changing that HTML title to a more stylized text image, which would give it more style.
I agree the wibbly text doesn't serve any purpose, it's something I inherited from the template I was given. The text isn't needed at all as the address is now on the contact page. I could replace it with a static astro-image, which would also brighten-up the home page a little, provided I can work out how to edit that part of the template.
raptornx01 wrote:I do agree with the banner though. Include the domes image somewhere ofcourse, but the banner should be a space shot (or, a long exposure night time shot of the domes with stars in the background could work as well.)
That could work well, I took this picture when I was in Menorca recently:
And now I know how to do it I could try something similar at the observatory site.
raptornx01 wrote:Also, I'd suggest for the gallery list page include a thumbnail of a prominent pic from the gallery in section next to the section name. you have that empty space there, make use of it.
raptornx01 wrote:And maybe include links to larger, higher resolution versions of the images (the higher the better. I don't know how big the native raw resolution for those shots are, but if they are bigger, consider linking to them). I instinctively clicked on a couple thinking i'd see a bigger image. and I'm sure others would do the same. (and if you want to go further, you can consider wallpaper size versions as well)
Good idea, I've added a link the each of the deep sky images to open the full resolution version in a new window. I was originally thinking that people could see the full-size images on Flickr, but not everyone is going to go there.
Jan Van Quirm wrote:
We're more or less over the next hill from Upton Cross and the Observatory (which we didn't know was there
) is on the same side of Caradon Hill as we are, but we're probably a bit higher. The skies are v. dark here especially this time of year when it's frosty - except when it's foggy and the Beast of Bodmin's abroad...
It's a small world, I went to school at Upton Cross primary - I made the football team when the regular players were struck down by an outbreak of mumps.
Here's a picture I took of Caradon hill a few months ago.