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Have telescope, will travel
 
I am Norman deVaux Reynolds, a retired secondary school teacher and software engineer.
I am a fully qualified teacher in the UK.
 
I have a BA in Mathematics (University of Florida), a PGCE in Mathematics & Computing (University of London) and an MSc in Information Systems Engineering (London South Bank University).
 
I have had a recent CRB check (March 2009).
 
My parents gave me a 3” Newtonian Reflector telescope when I was 10 years old and since then I have always been interested in astronomy.
 
In addition to Mathematics, I studied astronomy while at the University of Florida, back in the '60s.  I have subscribed to both Sky and Telescope and Scientific American magazines for over 30 years and have maintained a solid interest in science and particularly astronomy for many decades.
 
As an avid amateur astronomer, I frequently use both my 10" Meade GPS SCT and the more portable, 3.5" Questar.  Both are excellent 'scopes and allow for amazing views of the Moon, double stars, planets and deep sky objects.
 
The two photos on this page, the one of Messier 57 (The Ring Nebula) and of the gibbous Moon, are examples taken by me using both of the telescopes.
 
Most recently, I have been giving evening classes in An Introduction to Astronomy and the Night Sky at Oaklands College, the local Further Education College here in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.