John Dobson

John Dobson
John Dobson

It’s with sadness to report that John Dobson passed away yesterday at the age of 98.

He invented the telescope design that became to be known as the Dobsonian – and was a leading light promoting observational astronomy to the general public with his Sidewalk Astronomy.

Always a keen visual observer, having said “I like to look at those photons with my own eyes, not on a picture or screen”.

Some of our longer term members might remember when John came to the society to give our 20th anniversary talk in 2002. You can read the Mercury following that visit by clicking on the cover pic below.


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  1. The first known Dobsonian type mount was made by the Paris A.S. in 1925–somewhere I have a photo of it. It was John who brought it back to life .

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