Me in my back garden observatory, Wimbledon June 2016

 

About

As the name of this website suggests I am an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer waging war against the light polluted skies of southwest London.

Most of the images on this site have been taken from my back garden observatory, though some, such as those of southern hemisphere objects, have been taken remotely via the iTelescope network. This is indicated on the image where relevant.

I'm a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and have contributed to the 2016 run of BBC Stargazing Live, and have been a member of the astrophotography panel for the ‘Evening of Astrophotography’ event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich since its inception in 2015. You can also find me popping up from time to time on various media commenting on things astronomical; check out the ‘Articles, Media & Special Events’ section for more on this.

In 2017 I had the honour of winning the Planets, Comets & Asteroids category of Astronomy Photographer of the Year with an image entitled ‘Venus Phase Evolution’. I was also shortlisted in the ‘Our Moon’ category of the 2017 competition and have previously been shortlisted in the robotic scope category in 2015 for an image of the Horsehead Nebula. The winning Venus image can be seen in the Planets gallery of this site. The shortlisted image of the first quarter lunar terminator can be seen in the Moon gallery and the Horsehead nebula can be seen in the Nebula gallery. All images were featured in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as well as in the accompanying books.

It has been great fun sifting through my images to put this site together – I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.