A bit about Dave Lane

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Me, in my dome.

I have been an active amateur astronomer since the early 1980s, am a life member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), and am a past-president of the Halifax Chapter. I am presently the national past-president of the Society. Since 1992, I have been employed as the Astronomy Technician (and Observatory Director) and Systems Administrator at the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) where I have been responsible for the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and the department's computing infrastructure. I'm also the High-Performance Computing administator for the Institute for Computational Astrophysics and a founding technical architect for ACEnet. Prior to working at SMU, I developed instrumentation systems for oceanography and meteorology and led the "hardware group" at Seimac Limited (now Cobham Tracking & Locating).

My primary astronomical interests are deep sky observing, observatory automation, CCD imaging, contributing to amateur astronomical science projects (such as variable star observing), astrocomputing, and all the related gadgetry.

I also operate the part-time business, Nova Astronomics, whose primary work involves the development and distribution of The Earth Centered Universe (ECU), a Planetarium and Telescope Control Program for Microsoft Windows. For developing ECU, I was awarded the Chant Medal of the RASC, the highest award for amateur contributions to astronomy in Canada.

I also hold the distinction, along with Paul Gray and Beverly Miskolczi of being the first and second Canadians to discover any supernovae (1995F in NGC 2726 and 2005B in UGC11066) from within Canada. In July 95, Paul and I received the RASC's Ken Chilton Prize for the discovery of 1995F.

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Last Updated: October 2011.