John Murrell is a railway engineer by profession but spends his spare time trying to keep up with the latest happenings in the Astronomical World. Living near London he suffers from light pollution and has become more interested in the brighter astronomical events such as conjunctions, occultations and transits. He favours the technical approach to astronomy and tries to connect as much equipment to his two telescopes as possible. However he still enjoys binocular views of some of the highlights such as the Moon, the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula.
When the weather is uncooperative and even during the day he can be found behind his computer hunting down information in the Virtual Observatory but that's another lecture or two!
He is currently working with Professor Janet Drew of the University of Hertfordshire, the Principal Investigator of the IPHAS survey to recruit a number of keen and dedicated amateur astronomers to assist in searching the IPHAS images for diffuse objects that emit in Hydrogen Alpha.
|Date||Talk at GAS meeting|
|2 Oct 2008||Weather for Astronomy|