Based in the south of the UK, I have been fascinated by the night sky since my early teens. I became a member of The Croydon A.S. in the 1970s and dabbled in astrophotography as well as visual observing with my humble 100mm reflector. It wasn't long before other interests, a career and a young family put my astronomical hobby on the back burner.
It was not until the late 1990s that I truly resurrected my hobby and became active in observing and astrophotography again, this time with an orange tube Celestron C8. At this time, I became a member of the Horsham Astronomy Group and have subsequently twice been the Chairman of that group. I am also a member of the British Astronomical Association.
In the early 2000s, the webcam imaging revolution took my interest and I have been a keen high resolution planetary imager since 2004. A succession of larger apertures and better planetary cameras had to be purchased (!) and many of my images have been published by the BAA, NASA and even one on The Sky at Night programme. I enjoy being part of the active planetary imaging community on the internet. I am privilaged to submit my images of Jupiter to help the Juno mission team with flyby imaging planning. In May 2018 I attended the RASJUNO conference in London with other amateur planetary imagers from around the world and members of the Juno team..
After buying an old SBIG colour CCD camera, I have dabbled in deep sky imaging of the brighter objects.
Recently, I have (finally) completed the build of a roll-off roof observatory in the garden. I wish I had done this much earlier. It is so much easier and enables more time observing and imaging. It also gives my aging back a rest! Now if only the weather would co-operate!!!
My original 100mm reflector and C8 SCT telescopes
Imaging Jupiter with a mono CMOS camera and a RGB filter wheel. C14 SCT