Sky-Watcher family member profile: Mike Geisel
Like many of us, Mike’s long interest in astronomy started when he was young.
“I first got interested in astronomy as a 12-year-old in 1969, probably influenced by the Apollo Moon landing. So, this year is my 50th anniversary as an amateur astronomer! I remember lying on the front garden path with a torch and a star chart I found in an atlas and learning the constellations. I joined the AAQ – Astronomical Association of Qld – as a teenager and got my first telescope at 14, A Tasco 4 1/2 inch equatorial reflector.”
“At that time there was a lot of interest in Transient Lunar Phenomenon (TLP) and I spent many hours monitoring the moon with red and blue filters. I eventually compiled a big lot of observations and sent them to the British Astronomical Association and was thrilled to get a personal letter back from Sir Patrick Moore thanking me. “
“I bought a second hand SLR when I was about 16 to try my hand at astrophotography but with very little success. This led to a lifelong interest in photography as well as astronomy culminating in 2014 when I achieved my professional accreditation with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.”
Although his participation in astronomy ebbed and flowed with family and work commitments in Warwick QLD, Mike’s interest in it stayed with him throughout his life. After retirement due to ill health, he and his wife built a 2.3m Sirius observatory in their backyard and joined the Southern Astronomical Society.