I have been interested in astronomy from a very early age but I consider myself a novice amateur astronomer.
I am originally from Rome and my earliest recollection is witnessing what I think was the 15th February 1961 total solar eclipse which was visible in Italy and Europe. I was still an infant but I still remember being in my mother’s arms and being puzzled by the dimming of the light from the sky. That single event sparked my interest and love for astronomy, and since then I have never stopped looking up at the sky.
In my high school years in the 70s, I frequented the Monte Mario Observatory in Rome to acquire information to write a brief thesis on our Sun, as at that time it was principally a solar observatory.
Although passionate about Astronomy, I went on to get a degree in Maths and Computer Science with the Open University. I try to keep up to date with new theories in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. My main sources of information include the Open University and MIT.
After a career in Information Technology, I took early retirement which has allowed me to spend more time on astronomy. As a consequence, I decided to join the BAA which, in addition to providing information on current research, also offers all the practical support an amateur like myself needs.
My main interests are deep sky objects and astrophotography, but I also like lunar and planetary observations.
For observation I use a 200mm Orion ‘Polaris’ Equatorial f6 Newtonian telescope which I am trying to get to terms with, and a set of Celestron 25x100 Skymaster binoculars.
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