Astronomers at Dark Sky Observatory

Dark Sky Observatory Team

Roy Alexander

Director of Learning & Lead Astronomer

Roy is a degree qualified planetary physicist and teacher who is passionate about teaching astronomy, physics and science. For Roy astronomy is about showing someone something new and awesome in a telescope and seeing their reaction.

Roy at the Observatory
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society 2014,
  • Physics Lecturer/teacher with experience in secondary schools and colleges since 1995.
  • An amateur astronomer since the age of 9 - particularly love meteor showers and satellite spotting.
  • Lead astronomer at Kielder Observatory 2013-14
  • Member of Sunderland Astronomical Society.
  • BSc (Hons) Geophysics & Planetary Physics, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne,
  • Current DBS to work with children and adults.

Chris Duffy

Director, Lead Astronomer & Astrophotographer

Chris is the astrophotography director at AstroVentures, an expert astrophotographer and astronomy teacher with a passion for Dark Sky objects.

Chris Duffy & Scope
  • IT Manager & with nearly 30 years experience of people development and training. A keen amateur astronomer for over 40 years,
  • A committee member of Sunderland Astronomical Society, Chris gives expert talks and presentations to society members and the public at the society's outreach events,
  • Chris has been specialising in deep sky astrophotography for the last 5 years and is recognised as an accomplished photographer of faint distant objects using long exposure techniques,
  • He is one of the lead astronomers at Battlesteads since it's opening in 2015 and hosts the monthly astrophotography courses at the observatory.

Martin Kitching

Lead Astronomer & Nightscape Photographer

Martin is a published nature and landscape photographer, with years of experience and specialising in night sky photography.

Martin & Camera
  • A Northumberland National Park Starmaker from its inception, and experienced stargazing tour host,
  • Over 20 years qualified science teacher and STEM educator,
  • Published photographer, editor and author of Birds in Northumbria,
  • He is one of the lead astronomers at Battlesteads since it's opening in 2015 and hosts the regular nightscape photography courses at the observatory.


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