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Asteroid (8785) Boltwood

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Named in honour of Paul Boltwood (b. 1943-11-04 in Vancouver, British Columbia), a Canadian specialist in computer systems and outstanding amateur astronomer. Boltwood earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia, won the Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1995, and won the Amateur Achievement Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 2000. He monitored the peculiar object OJ 287 for some two years, and has done large amounts of photometry of other blazars. He made a movie of the nucleus of comet Hyakutake and he also obtained deep-sky CCD images with limiting magnitude 24.5 using a home-built 0.4-m reflector. His observatory outside Ottawa is a marvel of amateur astronomical technology.

Reference: MPC 41384

Name: 
Boltwood
Number: 
8785
Designation: 
1978 RR1
Disc. Date: 
1978-09-05
Discoverer: 
Chernykh, N.S.
Disc. Place: 
Nauchnyj