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Derek Robson

I am a retired analytical chemist with an interest in general astrophotography and astrometry.  My first main telescope was an 8.75” Fullerscope Newtonian reflector using film, following advice from Ron Arbour.  I have used this telescope to image the International Space Station.  I monitor meteors 24/7 by radar with a Fun Cube Dongle and three element Yagi aerial made from copper pipe, monitoring the GRAVES radar frequency 143.048 MHz.  My Watec 902H2S video camera operates dusk till dawn, recording video of meteors and fireballs.  Data generated contribute to the NEMETODE and UKMON groups for triangulation, calculation of orbits, ground trail estimation and dark flight modelling of fireballs that may become meteorites.

My main interest is imaging comets, meteors, asteroids and occasionally some occultation of stars by asteroids.  I do occasional lunar, planetary and deep sky DSLR photography.  With a background in analytical spectroscopy, I am interested in the optical spectra of stars and meteors and, chemical analysis of meteorites with scanning electron microscopy – energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (SEM/EDX) and other spectroscopic techniques.

I was recipient of a prize in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 competition and East Midlands Stargazers Photo of the Year 2016 with an image of the trail of the one mile wide potentially hazardous asteroid - Near Earth Object (164121) 2003 YT1 near Polaris, which came within 3 million miles of the Earth on 31st October 2016. The image is displayed in the Royal Greenwich Observatory. 

Local society membership: I am a long-standing member of the British Astronomical Association, a member of the East Midlands Stargazers, Sunderland Astronomical Society, Northolt Branch Observatory, NEMETODE, UKMON and the International Meteor Organisation.

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