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Chris Hooker

Interested in astronomy and space travel since childhood, but my interest was enhanced by the Shoemaker-Levy comet impact on Jupiter in 1994. I then bought a Meade LX-10 20cm SCT, and since 2004 I have been active in lunar and planetary webcam imaging. Inevitably, since those early times I have acquired several more telescopes, including the 10-inch Newtonian which is now my main instrument for imaging. I also developed an interest in imaging challenging subjects such as libration-zone features on the Moon, Mercury and the ISS, and more recently I have started observing occultations by asteroids when the tracks pass over my location.

I am Mercury coordinator for the Mercury and Venus section.

Local society membership: Newbury Astronomical Society


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