Wil Tirion, 1943–2024

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    James Lancashire
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    Andy Wilson
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    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Wil Tirion. I still own his wonderful Sky Atlas 2000.0 and Uranometria 2000.0. These were both beautifully presented and very practical. I would look over fields in the day, then take them out to the telescope at night.
    Even today with modern planetarium software, I regularly use his Cambridge Star Atlas.
    A great loss.
    Andy

    #623758
    Alex Pratt
    Participant

    This is very sad news. Almost every observer possesses a star atlas, chart or book illustration drawn by Wil Tirion. He was a great collaborator with Storm Dunlop on their night sky guides. As I write this note, my copy of Star Atlas 2000.0 is nearby, along with numerous other examples of his fine work. They enhanced our enjoyment of the night sky and continue to do so.

    Alex.

    #623759
    Gary Poyner
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    Very sad news indeed.

    He gave a wonderful talk at the Winchester weekend many years ago (Alfred Curtis lecture) when it was held at King Alfreds college. As a modest collector of star atlases, I was enthralled.

    Gary

    #623760
    Gary Poyner
    Participant

    Martin Mobberley inform me that Wil Tirion attened Winchester in 1989. I knew he’d know!

    Gary

    #623761
    Alex Pratt
    Participant

    my copy of Star Atlas 2000.0

    Apologies, I meant to write Sky Atlas 2000.0, but I can’t see an Edit option after posting, only Reply or Quote.

    Alex.

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    Andy Wilson
    Keymaster

    Gary reported the same problem with the missing edit button. I have reported it to the website developer.
    There was a change made on Monday to allow quicker edits, so I wonder if that caused an unexpected problem.
    Andy

    #623763
    John Thorpe
    Participant

    Very sorry to hear. I recall my excitement at seeing Wil at a BAA meeting in the 80s. He had recently published his Sky Atlas 2000.0 and was signing copies for members. This remains my favourite, along with his more recent Cambridge Atlas. Great reference works and a joy to peruse.

    Very sad news.

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    stan armstrong
    Participant

    I had assumed Gary that a Search.. somewhere.. would refresh my memory of the Date of that so very Interesting Lecture.. I do recall that later on..in the absence of any organised travel for him.. I volunteered to take him.. in My ageing Austin Maxi to.. And here {as the Horizon witnesses say} I just cannot remember where I took him to..! I had previously served in the RAEC in Winchester.. so knew the roads well. I was quite surprised at the multiple questions that Wil asked me about the Hydro-Elastic suspension of the Car..as he was visibly impressed by the comfort of the ride.. He was happy when he left the car.. where ever that was..?! I had quite forgotten that particular Winchester attendance.. A lovely lad indeed..

    #623842
    David Arditti
    Participant

    Will Tirion also drew a set of star charts specifically for the BAA, which we published in the 1980s. I covered mine in adhesive plastic and hung them up in my observatory – where they still are (well actually transferred to the warm room now, and rather yellowed). I’m thinking that due to this connection with the BAA, at least, the BAA should officially mark his passing, probably in the Journal.

    #623844
    Dr Paul Leyland
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    Will Tirion also drew a set of star charts specifically for the BAA, which we published in the 1980s. I covered mine in adhesive plastic and hung them up in my observatory – where they still are (well actually transferred to the warm room now, and rather yellowed). I’m thinking that due to this connection with the BAA, at least, the BAA should officially mark his passing, probably in the Journal.

    David: strongly agree.

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