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John McConnell FRAS, a distinguished member of the IAA, IAS and EAAS, celebrating the naming of a minor planet or asteroid, 9929 McConnell. See page - Special Honour For Club Chairman

Taken by and copyright of : Dr Alan Fitzsimmons, Astrophysics & Planetary Science Division, Queens University Belfast. By the way, Alan tells us that the smudges in the image are background Galaxies!

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Click on the image above to see an animation of John
McConnell 9929 hurtling through space

Details of image:Facility:Telescope:1-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope, La Palma.

Instrument: JKT CCD Camera.

Detector:2048x2048 pixel CCD,0.33arcsec/pixel. Image Details: Target (9929) McConnell. Start of exposure: July 25th.04.42.57UT.

Exposure length: 600 Seconds.

Filter: R-band. RA 02h 11m 47.0s. Dec 09degrees 04'20.0" Geocentric Distance: 2.070AU, Heliocentric Distance: 2.281AU

V-Magnitude: 18.7.

Dr Alan Fitzsimmons standing in front of the INT (Isaac Newton Telescope, left,) with the JKT (1-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope) behind (right) on La Palma.

JKT observatory and telescope
Images courstesy of Nik Szymanek & Ian King


Naked eye sunspots on 28th February 2000. Taken at 13.30UT on E100S film and 1/60 of a second at the prime focus of a Meade ETX90. Several large groups are visible.



North American Nebula 8th.December 1998 at 20.09UT. 1600ASA film driven for three minutes. A 50mm f1.8 lens was used.



Aurora on the 6/7th April 2000 at 22.10UT. Olympus OM1 camera 50mm f1.8 lens and Fuji 400 film. Exposure in the order of 20 seconds.

Aurora, taken 4 Oct 2000,standard 50mm lens,15seconds exp. on Kodak Gold 400ASA film,time 01.40UT John C. McConnell



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