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Andrew Gannon

My interest in astronomy started when I was very young and I soon became fascinated by the Moon and planets, the objects I could see well through my father’s small home-made refractor from the suburban skies of north London. I have been a continuous member of the British Astronomical Association since joining at the age of 18 in 1972. My passion was for lunar and planetary photography in those days. I promptly joined the Lunar Section where I took an active part in the mid 1970s helping with the distribution of the circular. I subsequently taught Design and Technology for thirty years and for most of this time, organised regular astronomy evenings for all members of the school who were interested. I also taught Astronomy to GCSE level for several years. After retiring, I was retained by my school as ‘resident astronomer’ and STEM ambassador for several years, promoting astronomy in the form of regular illustrated talks and observing evenings to pupils, parents, staff and local youth groups. I am now an active member of Loughton Astronomical Society where I am curator of the Society’s instruments and enjoy promoting astronomy at our many public open evenings. I am also involved in organising our popular Autumn Equinox Star Party at Kelling Heath in Norfolk. The advent of modern filters has made it possible to observe and image the wealth of deep sky objects I could never see from home in my youth. I now enjoy deep sky imaging with my modified DSLR and 5-inch APO refractor from suburbia and present a few of my images here.

Local society membership: Loughton Astronomical Society

2017 Apr 22

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