Everyone knows Sir Patrick Moore. Even those of us who have never even thought about using Astronomical Telescopes are aware of him, which is hardly surprising as Sir Patrick has been appearing on our television screens for more than fifty years, as the host of the Sky at Night and as a celebrity in his own right. His fame has lead him from the world of telescopes to the mainstream, and even now at the age of 87 he still fronts the Sky at Night.
Sir Patrick’s love of astronomy and astronomical telescopes was sparked at age of six when he read a book titled ‘The Story of the Solar System’. Sir Patrick said recently that from the moment he began reading it he knew that his future lay in telescopes and the study of the solar system. His specialist field is the moon, and he is credited with discovering the Mare Orientale, or Eastern Sea, on the lunar surface. It was clear that when it came to using astronomical telescopes he knew exactly what he was doing, even though he has never had professional training in astronomy. His self taught expertise lead to him being consulted by NASA who wanted his help on mapping the lunar surface prior to the Apollo missions.
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