martedì 9 gennaio 2018

The astroimager Damian Peach named Honorary Member of the Aster Academy Astronomy

The group of honorary members of Aster Academy International is expanding, on the appointment of the executive council for the candidacy of the International President Alessio Follieri, the British Damian Peach very good and famous planetary astroimager is the new Honorary Member of the International Astronomical Association: Aster Academy Astronomy .

About Damian:

"My Interest in Astronomy took flight at a young age while at primary school. The first books i ever read on Astronomy were the introductory "Man and Space" by Neil Ardley, and also "Astronomy" by Ian Nicolson and "Travellers in Space and Time" by Sir Patrick Moore all of which i still have. It was soon after that i got my first instrument - a pair of 8 x 30 binoculars with which i learnt my way around the sky. I recall vividly my first views of M31 and Jupiter using them. I also had a small 10 x 30 Russian spotting scope which i used during to watch the Jovian moons (which i still use today!.)

It wasn't until three years later, after hassling my parents constantly, did i finally get my first telescope - a 50mm white tube Tasco refractor (which i also still have.) By this time i knew the night sky very well so have taken the very "classic self education" in Astronomy. It gave excellent sharp images and allowed views of all manner of objects from double stars to the belts of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and phases of Venus. By this time i was an avid watcher of the BBC's "Sky a Night" hosted by the legendary Patrick Moore.  His boundless enthusiasm (as with so many) further captivated my growing fascination with the night sky.

It wasn't until 1992 or so that my attention really turned toward the Planets (especially Jupiter.) In about 1992 i joined the Boston Astronomical Society of Lincolnshire headed by well known UK amateur astronomer, Paul Money. His captivating talks, and infectious enthusiasm really wore off on me, and i was able to use the societies 4.5" and 10" reflecting telescopes to observe with - finally i would really be able to see the kind of details that i had read so much about. I spent many nights during my early teens observing the Planets, with a special fascination for Jupiter.

Later in the mid-1990s i acquired my own "proper" telescopes. A 6" F/6 Newtonian, and 90mm F/11 refractor. The Newtonian was a poor instrument, and was little used, but the refractor gave wonderful views. I recall well the stunning views of Comets Hyakutake and Hale Bopp".

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