Mark McIntyre Astronomy - Mark McIntyre Astronomy and Astrophotography

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My name is Mark McIntyre and I'm an astronomer and astrophotographer based in Oxfordshire, UK. Mary McIntyre and I have been married since 2016 and share a passion for astronomy which we try to pass on to everyone we can. We have a garden observatory, a second outdoor pier and several scopes of various sizes and makes as well as several meteor-spotting cameras fixed permanently on site and feeding data to UKMON Live. Sometimes Mary and I get competitive but mostly its fun being married to someone who's as crazy about the sky as I am!

Most of my images are on Flickr here and Facebook here but I also have a gallery on this site.  I've also done some work on calculating planetary observability - now extended to asteroids and comets - which is available on this site.

I first discovered my love of astronomy aged about nine, when my parents bought me a cheap 3" refractor with a wooden tripod and fork mount. It had a built in barlow that promised magnificationsof 50-100x ! As if.... I promptly dismantled the scope to find out how it worked - and lost the barlow! It wasn't till i was 12 that it returned to it, by which time I'd lost the tube and tripod too. I found that I could attach the objective and focuser onto a bit of three inch drainpipe and by trial and error i found the right length. I then nailed the fork onto a fencepost - and with this monstrosity I first saw Saturn and its rings. And was hooked....

 
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