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8 September 2017 at 3:29 pm #578521
The OED says…”An expert in or student of astronomy”, so that makes you an astronomer. I’m from the same mould as Andrew – I love looking through my telescope (not much of a view from Birmingham, but it’s all I have), but I also use remote telescopes with CCD’s to compliment my data. The reduction is pretty boring though! My point is that you have a love for astronomy as a science and a desire to make a contribution to it. Regardless of how you do either, you are an astronomer!
Whether Woolleys comments are valid today is debatable