Wednesday 10th April 8:00pm
A chemist and materials scientist by profession, I have been observing since 1964 and a BAA member since 1969.
Always more interested in telescopes than pure astronomy, what Americans label a ‘TN’. I have owned virtually every brand and type of amateur sized telescopes.
I set up Peak 2 Valley Instruments 10 years ago, after early retirement, to produce high quality telescopes. P2V has supplied refractors to 12 inch aperture, supplied and installed several school observatory projects and even quoted for a 5m RC installation for the Indian Department of Science.
I am very concerned at the decline in visual observing technique and interest, which of course coincides with the progress of digital imaging.
Over many years I have discussed image quality with leading opticians worldwide and will reveal details in the talk that many suspect but few are prepared to utter in terms of telescope performance. The discussion will be based on actual performance and not solely theoretical considerations.
In particular, I will point listeners in the direction of not only improved images, visual and photographic, but also cheaper and more portable, user friendly equipment.
What is in the sky for the next few weeks
Following the above talk we will have a short comfort break then Martin Weston will talk us through what to look out for should we get a chance to take our telescopes outside.
Have a look at Terry's Sky Notes too which gives news about up and coming events.
Proposed Programme for 2018-19
(Subject to Change)
'oumuamua and other things out there
The Bayfordbury Observatory
Surveying the sky for radio galaxies
Images of the Universe - Part 3
Britain in Space
Silver-on-Glass Revolution and AGM
Apollo 11 - 50 years on the Moon