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David Conner

My interest in astronomy began in the late 50’s with a certain television program.  My main interests are the Moon, deep sky and variable stars.  As a dyed in the wool visual observer I much prefer photons which have traveled across the universe to those which have come from the nearest computer screen. 

That said, I am currently working on a ccd photometry project observing eclipsing binaries.  This combines observations made with the late lamented Bradford Robotic Telescope with observations made from my own observatory near Melton Mowbray (with a 2” refractor) to construct their complete phase diagrams.  As a by-product of this I have discovered 21 variable stars, including 2 eclipsing binaries.

Giving talks on various astronomical topics is something I enjoy doing, as is being involved in public observing sessions with various groups.  Now that I have persuaded my ccd set-up to operate more or less reliably I hope to get on with completing my bucket list of seeing all the Messier objects!

Local society membership: Melton and District Astronomical Society, Leicester Astronomical Society.

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