On 10th February 2009 Greg Parker, Adam Parker & Noel Carboni visited Sir Patrick at Farthings to present him with a joint-author signed copy of Star Vistas.  Sir Patrick was in fine form and gave us the keys to his observatories to have a look around.  The big Newtonian reflector through which he did much of his lunar work is in great condition in the “big green” observatory, and the refurbished refractor in the roll-off shed looks superb too.  Sir Patrick wrote one of the Forewords to Star Vistas along with his life-long friend Sir Arthur C Clarke, and “Bang!” book co-author Dr. Brian May.  Thank you Sir Patrick for a lovely lunch and so much of your valuable time – we really appreciate it 🙂

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