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My name is Tim Duke. I live in Sawston, near Cambridge, in the UK. I am an Electronics Engineer and currently work for a world leading manufacturer of Cable Televsion equipment, based near Brighton.

I was born and raised near Cambridge and received my secondary education at Bottisham Village College. I obtained A-Levels in Electronics, Physics and Math at Long Road Sixth Form College and later an HNC in Electronics at Anglia Ruskin University.

I have had a love for Astronomy from a very early age, when I received a 2.5" Tasco refractor from my parents and seeing the moon up close. It wasn't until I was 16 and I'd upgraded to the Tasco 4.5" reflector, that I saw Saturn for the very first time. And then in 1998, I purchased a Meade 8" LX10, it was at this point in time and the advent of the internet that enabled me to find a local club - Castle Point Astronomy Club.

Since my owning the LX10, I have also owned an 8" LX200, Edmund Scientific Astroscan (original), home made 6" f8 dobsonian, 7" Maksutov on an EQ6 Synscan mount, 12" revelation Dob, 10" Revelation Dob, 8" Skywatcher Dob. I now just own the 8" Skywatcher Dob, and full Astrotrac/pier setup for Astro Imaging. I have a 16" Dobsonian that I am building from scratch, using the Kriege and Berry book and I hope to purchase a decent mount that will allow long exposure photography at greater focal lengths than the Astrotrac currently allows me to.

My other interests include flying Radio Controlled model aircraft, designing and building electronic circuits, ham radio and building/maintaining computers.