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Mike Harlow

My main areas of interest are:

Variable nebulae: Inspired by a talk from Nick Hewitt many years ago I started imaging variable nebulae in April 2008 with a particular interest in Gyulbudaghian's nebula in Cepheus. Many of my images are on the Orwell astronomical society web site.

Objective prism spectroscopy: After borrowing and then purchasing an objective prism from the BAA instrument collection I am experimenting with spectroscopy. Nothing very scientific it's just fun to see what it is possible to see with a wedge of glass on the front of the telescope(!). Supernovae and eclipsing binary stars are my main targets of interest.

Telescope making: All my telescopes over the years have been home made. I did however ask Es Reid to figure my 12 inch F/3.8 mirror a few years back which now forms the heart of my main telescope. It's a bit better than my mirrors ever were!!!

Last Updated: 25th August 2019

Image above: Interference test of a Schmidt camera corrector plate

Local society membership: Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich)

2019 Aug 14

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