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Martin Farmer

Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, England

Camera / Lens Combination:

Watec 902H3 Ultimate & Pentax 3-8mm f1.0, Az 53.3, Ev 64.5

Watec 910HX & Pentax 3-8mm f1.0, Az 259.0, Ev 60.3



My particular interest with astronomy began like so many others of a particular age with the excellent book "The Observers book of Astronomy" published by Frederick Warne & Co in 1963. I read this book from cover to cover and did not understand much of the contents but wondered at the pictures contained within. As a youngster I did not have any binoculars or telescope but I used to borrow a pair of binoculars from my uncle to observe the night sky. I also had an interest in radio and it was this that took over, putting my observing days on hold although watching with great interest NASA and the Apollo missions on the Moon.

When I reached 40 my wife asked me what I wanted as a present - I replied, "A telescope."

My main interest is in astroimaging with Deep Sky being my main activity, planetary imaging when the conditions are favourable. I have a permanent observatory in my back garden that I use whenever I can. I have an all sky camera that was a long service gift from my employers that I also use. My meteor cameras are the latest addition to the observatory. I have an interest in meteor showers and tried unsuccessfully to capture them using a DSLR but this current technology is far superior.
The two cameras being used currently are a Watec 902H Ultimate and a Watec 901HX/RC. Both are using Pentax TS3V310ED 3-8mm f 1.0 lenses and are set at a focal length of 8mm.