Me in my back garden observatory, Wimbledon June 2016

 

About

As the name of this website suggests I’m 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 am a very irregular contributor to the Awesome Astronomy website, and have filmed for the 2016 run of BBC Stargazing Live, as well as participating in an astrophotography panel at the Royal Observatory Greenwich for the past few years. I also pop up on various media sites commenting on things astronomical from time to time.

In 2017 I received the huge honour of being awarded first prize in the Planets, Comets & Asteroids category of Astronomy Photographer of the Year. I also had an image of the first quarter lunar terminator shortlisted, matching my previous achievement of  2015 when I was lucky enough to be shortlisted in the robotic telescope category. The winning image 'Venus Phase Evolution' 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 (shortlisted 2015) 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 book – a very proud moment!

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.