I was born in Littlehampton, West Sussex in 1960, and
have lived in, and around, the Chichester area for most of my life. Now,
I live in a beautiful place called Ham, not far from Selsey where the
well known astronomer Patrick Moore lives. Sue, my partner, and I live
and work here.
I have a degree in Physics and Electronics from the
University of London and have been interested in Astronomy since I was
a young boy. One of the defining astronomical moments of my life was a
visit I paid to Patrick Moore's house one summer day in 1970, where I
was patiently shown around the various telescopes and given encouragement,
tea, cake and books by this remarkable man. I returned in the evening
to spend several hours being shown wonderful views through the superb
12" Newtonian and the 5" refractor telescopes. My interest in
astronomy was cemented forever after that - how could it not be!
I was a very active member of the South Downs Astronomical
Society from 1972 to the mid 1980's, but after that, my active interest
waned as I concentrated on my career and sport. Living in Ham, since 1998,
with it's superb dark skies has re-kindled my interest in the last couple
of years and I now count myself amongst the ranks of active amateurs again.
The changes that have occured in the last few years with the advent of
affordable CCD cameras and web cams have astounded and inspired me into
I have two wonderful children, Tom and Katie who live
in nearby Chichester. Since 1994, I have been running my own Software
and Computer consultancy, mainly from home.