Famed astronomer uses garden shed as his base

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Two garden buildings have been turned into hi-tech observatories by a renowned astronomer.

A renowned astronomer has urged Brits to get stargazing after claiming the pursuit can be enjoyed with little specialist equipment.

Tom Boles of the British Astronomical Association, who is known for discovering more supernovae than any other individual (127), told the BBC that "even with a simple pair of binoculars, you can see the Orion Nebula in the middle of Orion's Sword".

Indeed, Mr Boles has pursued his astronomical interests from his own home by converting two garden buildings into observatories.

One, the BBC observed, is a wooden garden shed-like structure with a retractable roof while the other is a small fibre-glass dome.

From here, Mr Boles uses robotic telescopes that are linked to computers.

He was speaking ahead of the BBC Stargazing Live project on January 3rd-5th 2011.
Posted by Martin Corby   - 23 December 2010
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