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Amateur astronomer builds backyard observatory

The Story

Amateur astronomer and photographer Jack Newton took many years to build his own observatory and telescope. He also made his own camera specifically designed to take pictures of space. In this 1985 report from CBC-TV News, we meet Jack Newton and visit his backyard observatory near Victoria.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: Aug. 17, 1985
Guest(s): Jack Newton
Anchor: George McLean
Reporter: Wayne Williams
Duration: 2:34

Did You know?

• Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography where the subject matter is astronomical objects in the sky such as the moon, sun, planets and stars.


• Jack Newton started taking pictures of space when he was 13 years old. His enthusiasm for astronomy coupled with his interest in photography has made him one of the leading astrophotographers in the world. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Life magazine and six books.


• In 2009 Jack Newton was still taking pictures of the night sky. His online gallery features some stunning images of star clusters, comets and sunspots.




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