I started gazing up at the sky and walking into things when I was a kid – with bruises! I’ve been a member of the society since 2012 and I joined because I thought it would be a great way to get to know the sky! I was right! I like hearing the different speakers each month giving their talks. I enjoy the star parties and the community events – I love chatting to people about what they can see, which constellation is where and when is the International Space Station coming over! I like to think I’m an enthusiastic amateur.
I have my own scope which I don’t use as often as I should. It is a Nexstar 130SLT. It travels to Norfolk with me each year – packed into my MX5 along with camping gear – my annual pilgrimage to Kelling Heath for the dark sky star party.
As an astronomer in the UK, we have to put up with a lot of cloudy skies so I have developed an interest in cloud types and solar phenomenon like sun halos and sundogs. I have projected the sun onto card and drawn the sunspots. I am also a big geography fan and that has got me interested in weather and processes on other planets.
I have binoculars and a planisphere which are really handy – I keep them in the boot of the car so I can take a look at the sky wherever I am – clouds permitting!