Short Bio on Mark Stronge

I first became interested in astronomy when I was on our boat in Strangford Lough. In the late summer evenings the milky way was quite spectacular and the Plough was most apparent in the northwest.

It wasn't until my brother Nigel got a telescope and from the centre of Belfast, (the street lights were turned off late at night) he was able to scan the milky way. Using a manual driven telescope to search for deep sky objects was daunting to him and the interest simmered for quite a number of years. Comet Haley and HaleBopp passed us by until in September 2002 my brother and I dusted off the old Tasco telescope and pointed it at Saturn. My first view of Saturn took my breath away.

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