I speak to many people who profess to have had a life long passing interest in space and the stars. My name is James Whinfrey and I’m one of them.

After the first series of the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE that interest became more active. I joined a local astronomy society, bought binoculars and telescopes, and now regularly spend time in the cold at night. It’s great fun!

I’m an enthusiastic visual variable star observer and member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). Solar observing is great for the long summer days when it’s high, and I switch to lunar observing when the Moon is high in the winter. You can’t do much Deep-Sky observing when either of these two are around 😉

I love double stars – trust me they are beautiful – and my fascination with them led me to become a member of the Webb Deep-Sky Society, and soon after their Website Administrator. I hope to help them extend the content and publications on offer, so please take a look.

I regularly attend outreach events organised by the Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS) because it ’s exciting to see people’s reactions to the night sky through a telescope. I’m a retired Astronomy Section secretary having done a three year stint, but I still intend to be around, so if you’re in Town on either the second or last Monday of the month perhaps I’ll see you there.

This blog is about my astronomy. I hope what I write might be encourage other people to give it a try, or help solve a problem.