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Chris Mead

Chair and Secretary

Chris has always been fascinated by astronomy and cosmology. He is now able to devote time to learning astrophotography techniques having retired from careers in information security auditing, IT management, electronics engineering management and chemicals manufacture. He has developed a specific interest in deep sky astrophotography and uses William Optics ZS73 refractor and Celestron EdgeHD 8” reflector telescopes to help capture images when cloud cover permits! In 2023 he acquired a DwarfLab 2 miniature goto telescope and has also acquired a ZWO SeeStar goto telescope. He enjoys the problem solving aspects of astrophotography, combining, as it does, computer automation and image processing techniques. He has found the recent opportunities to discuss and share his images with members of the public at outreach events particularly rewarding.

Chris is now a STEM Ambassador.

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Malcolm is an organic produce farmer and the proud owner of an observatory which he built from scratch in 2013.  

Malcolm and his wife Eileen are founder members of DASH, and Malcolm has held the position of treasurer since DASH was formed in June 2013.  

Malcolm is a keen observational astronomer and has a wealth of knowledge on viewing techniques and equipment.


Malcolm Pinder



I’ve always been interested in Space being a child of the 60’s and experiencing the thrill of the Apollo missions. I am a Physics graduate and spent 32 years working at BT before becoming fed up with the management culture and retrained at 50 as a Physics teacher. My Physics degree finally came in handy! I ran ’Space Club’ at Kesgrave High School for 10 years before retiring in 2018 and have being doing STEM outreach into Primary schools for the last 5 years to try and enthuse the next generation. My main space ambition is to see mankind walk on Mars (and maybe see a solution to the questions around what are dark matter and dark energy).

Dave Green

Science Lead

DASH Astro


Meet the current DASH Committee


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