[BAA Comets] Roy Panther
ndj at nickdjames.com
Sat Nov 5 12:10:30 GMT 2016
Nick Hewitt tells me that Roy Panther (Walgrave, UK) died recently and
his funeral was last week.
Roy was the discoverer of comet C/1980 Y2 (1980u). The discovery was
made visually using a 0.20m, f/4 Newtonian at 1850 UT on Christmas day
1980 when the comet was a 9th magnitude object near M56. The discovery
was confirmed that evening by Mike Hendrie and George Alcock and it was
Roy's first success after 601 hours of searching.
Roy was the last living British visual comet discoverer.
Nick James. Director.
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