Four Amateur Supernova Discoverers
Veteran visual supernova discoverer Bob Evans
gave a talk 'Amateur astronomers and the Accelerating Universe' at The Astronomer AGM held in
St. Mary's Church Hall, Basingstoke on 23 September 2006. Afterwards the
opportunity was taken (with four of the most successful amateur supernova discoverers present)
to picture them outside St. Mary's Church.
At that date they had collectively
discovered well in excess of 200 supernovae, or about 7.5% of all supernovae
discovered, amateur or professional, since 1981!
From left to right (Number of discoveries at 23 Sep
2006, range of
discovery dates): Tom Boles (103, 1997-2006), Rev. Robert O.
Evans (46, 1981-2005), Mark Armstrong (70, 1994-2006), Ron Arbour (16,