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Alex Pratt

My interest in astronomy was sparked by the American and Russian spaceflights in the 1960s, and being presented with books such as The Observer’s Book of Astronomy (Moore), A New Way to See the Stars (Rey) and Starlight Nights (Peltier).

Over the years I have enjoyed observing and photographing the Sun, Moon, meteors, comets, planets, stars and galaxies, from the days of developing and printing Ilford and Kodak negatives in a darkened kitchen through to using CCDs, webcams and DSLRs. I have seen a number of total solar eclipses from fascinating locations around the world.

My main interest is video astronomy, applying video techniques to record transient phenomena, conducted from my (not always snow-bound) observatory, IAU code Z92. My programme includes recording meteors, asteroidal and lunar occultations, performing video astrometry of asteroids, Near Earth Objects and comets, and video photometry of eclipsing binary stars.

I am a member of IOTA-ES, attending most of their annual ESOP meetings since 1997 and I am a member of the Editorial team of the Journal for Occultation Astronomy.

I have observed meteors for many years, am a member of IMO and am on the Committee of the BAA Meteor Section. I co-founded NEMETODE, a network of video meteor cameras in the British Isles.

2018 Dec 10

2018 Oct 28

11:40 UTC

I had a most enjoyable day at the 40th anniversary conference of Mexborough and Swinton AS. This took place in Swinton Masonic Hall. The programme included a great range of talks by accomplished speakers and the convivial atmosphere continued throughout the coffee breaks and excellent buffet lunch.

A nice venue and a grand day out.

 

2018 Aug 12

2018 May 12

2018 Mar 2

11:53 UTC

I agreed to give a meteor talk this evening to my pals in the AS of Edinburgh but yesterday I could only get as far as Newcastle. Further north the railway line was blocked by snowdrifts. The line to Edinburgh is still closed and the meeting has now been cancelled.

I always enjoy visiting Newcastle so I spent a while in the Discovery Museum, adjacent to the Discovery School where the BAA's One Day Spring Meeting will take place. Being an occasional comet observer I also dropped into one of my haunts, The Victoria Comet.

2017 Dec 15

2017 Nov 17

2017 Aug 14

2017 Aug 13

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