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Gordon Reineke

Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland

Camera / Lens Combination:

Watec 902H / Cosmicar / Pentax 6mm f1.2, Az 160.8, Ev 38.1




Gordon Reineke first became interested in astronomy and space exploration at the age of five or six years old. His inspiration came through reading (looking at pictures within) a set of Disney Books called “The Wonderful World of Knowledge” and viewing the stars and Milky Way during clear nights. The Saturn V rocket program was of special interest to him. When he started college he purchased his first telescope and the first object seen through this telescope was the planet Saturn and its rings. It was not posible to discern individual rings but this was a most spectacular sight nonetheless and was a further inspiration to him. When Halley’s Comet passed by in 1986 he spent much time outside waiting to see this natural phenomenon although the views were not as spectacular as that which others may have seen but was still very impressive. Gordon’s background is electronics and embedded firmware.

Some years later he purchased a larger telescope and more recently became interested in meteor detection while on a quest to find an all-sky camera solution for his weather website – this is however still a work in progress. Whilst searching for a day and night solution he came across some interesting meteor camera sites which prompted him to investigate further and setup his own meteor detection camera.