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Jeremy Shears

Bunbury, Cheshire, England

Camera / Lens Combination:

Watec 902H2 Ultimate / Computar 12mm f0.8, Az 012.9, Ev 48.7

Watec 902H / Computar 3.8mm f0.8, Az 127.1, Ev 66.9



Jeremy was attracted to meteor videography, having been impressed by the science that is possible with relatively simple equipment, as demonstrated by NEMETODE members and other groups. He began to dabble in capturing meteors during 2013, joining NEMETODE in February 2014. He observes from the Bunbury Observatory in Cheshire, using a south-east facing Watec 902H camera equipped with a Computar 3.8 mm f/0.8 lens (top camera in the image) and a north facing Watec 902H Ultimate equipped with a Computar 12mm f0.8 lens (bottom camera in image), deployed in April 2014.

Apart from an interest in meteors, Jeremy conducts CCD photometry of cataclysmic variable stars (another field where the amateur can make useful scientific contributions), collaborating with professional and amateur astronomers around the world. He also researches astronomical history, aiming to bring to life the contributions of amateur astronomers of the last two centuries. Some of results of this work are available here.

Jeremy is a member of the BAA, RAS, AAVSO, the Center for Backyard Astrophysics, The Astronomer, and Chester AS. He was presented the BAA’s Steavenson Award in 2008 for his work on variable star photometry and is a very active member of the BAA Variable Star Section.