Meet the 2016-2017 DASH Committee
David is a retired science/physics teacher and a former member of the Royal Engineers.
He became the Chairman of DASH in January 2014.
David's astronomical interests lie in deep space objects, solar physics/ observing. He has now developed a keen interest in astronomical spectroscopy and a developing interest in radio and multi- messenger astronomy.
Public and school outreach is an important element of his astronomy, reflected in him being an enthusiastic and proactive STEM Ambassador. He was recently elected Fellow of The Royal Astronomical Society.
Malcolm is an organic produce farmer and the proud owner of an observatory which he built from scratch in 2013.
Malcolm and his wife Eileen are founder members of DASH, and Malcolm has held the position of treasurer since DASH was formed in June 2013.
Malcolm is a keen observational astronomer and has a wealth of knowledge on viewing techniques and equipment.
David has a main interest is astrophotography for which he is the committee lead. He is also an active member of the local astronomy community, campaigner for dark skies and gives regular presentations and lessons on astronomy and astrophotography to both our members and other organisations.
To facilitate his photography he has built his own observatory which is invaluable given our climate. David also likes to take an active role in public outreach events in order to bring the wonders of the skies to the public.
Jim is a retired engineer and has only recently taken up astronomy as more time has become available.
Jim joined the society in 2014 and became secretary in 2016.
Jim’s astronomical interests are diverse, ranging from deep sky objects (faint fuzzies) to spectroscopy, radio astronomy and solar observing. He is frequently on hand to help /advise beginners on setting up their equipment. He is also a key member of the outreach team and solar team.
Jim is very proactive in promoting the skill levels in all areas of astronomy.
Lynn is a retired Science Technician. She has always had a fascination for astronomy but has now become more involved with the hobby since having more free time.
She has her own telescope, a Williams Optics 71mm refractor which she really likes because of the quality and its ease of use. She is a great believer in promoting astronomy wherever and whenever she can and is a key member of the public outreach team and the solar team attending many public and school events.
She is also a firm believer in increasing her knowledge base to pass on to others by attending national lectures and by participating in Open University astronomy courses.