inviting young people to practice astronomy in DEXIA bank newspaper
dedicated to youth (former Club Jeunesse du Crédit Communal de Belgique).
was in close contact with Akira Fujii, author of this fine picture of comet
Bennett, in the late 70's and 80's.
began in 1978, when I published advertisings and various high
resolution pictures of the moon and the sun in specialized magazines to invite
the amateur community to participe in activities of Club Observatoire ORION,
a non-profit association that I founded with a friend in 1975, during our studies at
St.Paul College (B).
a little more experience, I wrote technical articles and continued
to publish pictures in amateur magazines like Ciel et
Terre (B), Cosmos (B), Ciel et
Espace (F), ScienceAm (F), Man and Stars (JA), Sky &
Telescope (USA), including in books like "A l'affût des
étoiles" (F), sometimes in cooperation with other amateurs from
Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, the U.S.A. or Japan.
is at this occasion that I introduced Akira Fujii, the famous japanese
astrophotographer to the French community in publishing some of his images
M42, etc) in Ciel et Espace.
He was very honored to be appreciated by the French community after have been
congratulated in his country and in the U.S.A. for all his astrophotography work.
Receiving no financial support from the school authorities, in 1979,
I moved my club to Brussels City, where I decided to work in collaboration with a local
I published an half page article in the largest
Brussels newspaper "LE SOIR" about my objectives. Reply
from the amateur community was immediate. Young and adults soon joined the
club, it throve, got funds and new members, what was the objective.
by a young community of people I continued to develop activities of the
club, sharing my know-how with friends, successfully.
Thanks to my
pictures (mainly those of the moon in high resolution), I personally won
several contests, mainly in the U.S.A. and Japan. I received for gift a
small refractor of 60 mm f/5 and a large electric barn
door on a tripod. Superb gifts for a young adult short of money !
published in ScienceAm in 1978
Advertising for the Club Observatoire
published in Brussels newspaper "LE SOIR" in 1979.
picture of a large and bright solar prominence was published in the book "A
l'affût des étoiles" (F) in the 80's.
and other icons published in A+ Magazine dedicated to Apple in 1983
Article about home
computing published in a well-known newspaper distributed in Namur (B).
the meantime, I bought my first Apple computer soon equipped with 1 MB of
RAM (it was much at that time !), a graphic board and an enhanced keyboard. At that time such a
cost about 4000 € !, much money invested in a hobby. Hopefully 20 years
later a high-end computer is worth half that
price. Thanks, Moore !
digital images and computing, I used my spare time to write technical articles,
creating graphics and programs
that were, to my surprise, published in newspapers like Confluent (B), and computing magazines like
Nibble, SoftDisk (USA), L'Ordinateur Individuel
(F) and other well-known publications edited in Belgium, France, Japan and in the U.S.A.
the special issue of Summer 1986 I published in L'Ordinateur
Individuel (F) dedicated to home computing, my first in depth article dealing with the use of videodisks together with home
computers, a way to support this new media, ancestor of the DVD.
My objective was
to learn to the French readers the existence of this technology, and demonstrate them all the
potential of this marvellous media, mainly in the field of education.
In the meantime, I
became member of the "Optical Memory User Group" (OMUG) and the
"Amateur Space Telescope" association, two american non-profit organizations devoted to the use and
development of new technologies for amateurs. These projects were cancelled
after some years by lack of support from professionnals.
In depth article
about interfacing videodisks and computers published in "l'OI"
in their special issue in Summer 1986.
programs published in SoftDisk in 1987, a disk magazine dedicated to Apple II computers.
of the many technical articles published in Cosmos magazine (B) in the 1980's.
In the end of 80's, I had
gathered a large collection of astronomy pictures and technical documents
that used a dozen of binders.
To not loosing all this material,
I decided to publish these information in
a book dedicated to amateur astronomy including a large part dealing with astrophotography.
Pierre Bourge and other well-known French writers as well as manufacturers
like Interoptic, Celestron and Meade gave me a positive feedback. I seeked for
some months a French editor willing to publish my project, in vain.
chance in 1987 I contacted Bordas-Elsevier editor to know
if he could be interested in publishing this book. For various reasons,
the editor prefered to give me the opportunity to participate in the scientific
supervision of Ian Ridpath's book dealing with
astronomy. I was very proud and excited : think about, my very first collaboration with an editor at
27, and very well remunerated ! For the first time my name was displayed in a
supervision of Ian Ridpath's popularizing book in 1987.
Cyprae leucodon, one of the most beautiful cowries of my collection.
am interested in seashells since I am kid, and surely after reading an issue
of National Geographic magazine about the subject. Later, I got the opportunity to buy
some marvellous specimens, specially coming from old collections.
my most beautiful seashells are displayed in Kenneth Wye' s book herewith,
all gem specimens of well-known families that are Conidae, Cypraeidae, Muricidae,
Pleurotomariidae, Strombidae among others, pure natural beauties, but that I partly sold since that
diver and very concerned by the preservation of our natural resources, I only buy
specimens from old collection, and I never order seashells to divers, thus new
specimens (all the less than they become smaller with overfishing). It is my way to
protect life, these organisms being better living in nature than dead in my
living room !
dozen of my seashells specimens are displayed in Wye's book.
about chasing DX stations of the Pacific published in the belgian hamradio magazine CQ-QSO March/April 2005 edited by UBA.
2000, after have used BBS and other Compuserve for years, I decided to create
a website based on my projects of books that
remained in my drawers. I decided to publish on Internet all the documentation
that I gathered throughout these years, the educational material, texts, thousands of pictures
and gigabytes of animations and sound recordings. This huge collection of information constitutes the
project, the website to which you are currently connected. It receives about
6000 visitors each month.
more need to keep papers in a library, all is became digital and stands on a
hard disk not larger than my hand ! But computers and
Internet are also became the source of problems with viruses, hackers and
other abuses. So, due
to the long, hard and sometimes costy work that has required the compilation
and release of these documents, as well as my collaboration with a publishing
company, the content of this website is protected by intellectual
property rights (copyrights) registered in
several countries and are valid all over the world. Permissions or licenses
of reproduction are usually granted, but only on request, for both
non-commercial and commercial purposes. See my FAQ for
website is open since 29 Sept 2000 and receives about 6000 visitors each
month. It gathers about 1800 pages, 20000 images, and 3 GB of information. The content of this website is protected by various
on Technological pathway to the modern HF transceiver in the frame of the australian
Advanced Diploma of Electronics.
Short article about Echolink in
CQ magazine, VHF Plus column, Dec 2005 issue.
my activity is mostly oriented to the sharing of all my knowledges and
documents with the public at both non-profit and commercial purposes.
As listed in my awards and commendations page, regularly editors, authors,
teachers, associations, webmasters and many amateurs ask me permission to
publish some of my images or articles, that they are written in French or
in English, on a website, in a magazine, a book or in an educative CD-ROM. This is always with pleasure that I share these documents
while asking you to respect the copyright.
too, associations or editors contact me to write an article in their magazine,
about sciences or technology.
this context, in 2004 my history of amateur
radio referenced on the ARRL
website has been used by Ian Grinter and Kevin Crockett, VK3CKC, to write
the academic cursus on Technological
pathway to the modern HF transceiver in the frame of the australian
Advanced Diploma of Electronics. This story was also used by Ron Bertrand, VK2DQ,
in the frame of his "Education hour" about ham radio at Radio
& Electronics School, Qld, Australia as well as by the SADARC
Radio Club, VK3SOL, in Vict., Australia.
parallel I continue writing articles in paper and electronic magazines like CQ
Astrobiology Magazine to name a few, not to forget Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia (the English and French versions).
time permits I also publish astronomy, weather or nature pictures in online magazines
or photo libraries (see below).
and renderings about terraforming of Mars published in NASA
Astrobiology Magazine in Aug 2005
of exoplanet 16 Cygni b published in Sciences et Avenir Special Issue 145, Dec 2005
Hadrons & Quarks
some years, I have created renderings,
artworks and other images
to illustrate various subjects developed on this website, mainly concepts,
landscapes, exoplanets and peculiar celestial objects. You will find some of the finest images
on the website of several institutions, astronomers, and in magazines
Sciences et Avenir,
Quest, etc), including to illustrate conferences or
exhibitions (IAP, NASA/NSSDC,
Since 2005 you can
also read my first
book about quantum physics, the result of more than ten years of investigations. It is published in
French to begin, to Aegeus
Editions, and is entitled "Un siècle
de Physique : 1 - La Physique Quantique". It constitutes the first tome
of a collection dedicated to sciences.
We are working on a second edition
with colorful plates and additional material that will be released
end 2007 as well as on a new tome.
To complete articles published on this site or in magazines,
in 2007 I have opened a blog written in French entitled "Bouillons
de Cultures". It is a way for me to share easier and faster ideas and opinions with you.
Advantage, hosted by Blospot, new articles are immediately indexed
and available in the first page of Google in the next minutes. This
blog receives about 200 visitors daily. Added to
the website, they are about 400 visitors who read daily my articles.
so ends temporary almost half a century of a simple life, essentially
dedicated to sciences and my hobbies. I hope that my knowledges will benefit to most of you, that
and my blog will grow with time, and in spite of my modest resources, will
provide you useful information about sciences, technologies and
philosophy, and even a bit more.
My first book about quantum physics
de Cultures" opened in 2007
Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) : landscape in visible light and
near-infrared (665 nm), 18 Aug 2013
: Colored Perseid in Cygnus, 12 Aug 2012
of Huddersfield. (UK) : Poster of Tau Ceti in the room of the
supercomputer "Tau Ceti", April 2011
(with Science Channel) : "Astropedia-Yuta and His Mysterious
Cosmic Book" : rendering of Eris, November 2008
Eye Too Production (Discovery) : two renderings of Mars
terraforming, May 2008
Magazine : rendering of dwarf planet Eris, September 2007 issue
Picture of the Day (APOD) : rendering of Eris, alias 2003 UB313, 19 Jun 2007
International Library of Photography (USA), Sunset at La Panne, book
"Endless Journey", January 2007
SAF (F) : Rendering of 55 Cancri, Jan 2007 issue, Vol. 122
Earth Science Picture Of the Day : 15, 22 May 2004; 15, 17 June 2004;
10 July 2004; 3 Dec 2006; 22 Mar 2007
Lunar Surface Journal (acknowledgments),
NASA, Aug 2006
Planetarium of Milano (I) : Rendering of a SETI transmission, July 2006
magazine (NL) : Rendering of 55 Cancri, March 2006
Design : picture of a Zen shelter published as background on their homepage, March 2006
Astrophysique de Toulouse (Pascal Fouque) : Rendering of
OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, 13 Feb 2006
Picture of the Day (APOD) : rendering of Eris, 2003 UB313, 7 Feb 2006
NSSDC Master Catalog : Rendering of New Horizon mission at Pluto, January 2006
graphs of sunrise and sunset (CA) : Twilight displayed as background image in January 2006
et Avenir (F) : Special issue HS N° 145 December 2005, "The solar system", rendering of (exo)planets
Sik (HU) : December 2005 exhibition at "House of Future", Budapest, Hungaria, Mars terraforming
NSSDC Master Catalog : Rendering of Venus Express mission launched by ESA in November 2005
Peter Widmer's website (CH) : Banner and picture published in his promotional pamphlet since November 2005
Worlds of David Darling (online Encyclopedia) : renderings of ET life form
published in October 2005
Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, "LifeTimes" mag., resp.Margaret Schmidt : Sept 2005
: "Marte: la ecosíntesis azul" (rendering of Mars terraforming), 14 aug 2005
Astrobiology Magazine : 21 Jan and 18 Feb 2005, "Icy Volcanoes, Methane Rain" (Titan);
Karlsruher Wolkenatlas from Bernhard Mühr (D) : many clouds pictures
: "Transit of Venus 2004" (p13), 27 Mar 2004; 24, 25 Apr 2004, 8 June 2004
Astronomical Association : Transit of Venus, 8 June 2004
gallery : "VT-2004 Photo of the Day" 12 May 2004; 8 June 2004 "Venus transit 2004" (p23)
Picture of the
Day (ex-Weather Picture Of the Day) : 1, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31 Oct 2003; 1, 2, 9 Nov 2003; 2 Mar 2004; 14, 18, 30 May 2004, 10 July 2004
Ashundar Terragen Community and Christian Fly : many Terragen renderings gathered in
: since 2002, various pictures of nature (landscapes, clouds, sunrises, sunsets,
: various wallpapers and illustrations related to astronomy (landscapes and space missions)
l'affût des Etoiles, P.Bourge/J.Lacrois, Dunod, 1980 : solar prominence recorded in H-alpha
Wireless Association (TWA), "Chasing QSL" and other
articles, from March 2011
Nationale de Police du Québec, extracts from "La photographie numérique",
"La photographie numérique", Photophiles N°60, septembre
l'Avenir (B), "Attention aux fausses études",
J.Rensonnet, 20 août 2007
(B), Votre Courrier : "Non, M.Allègre", N° 2780,
14 juin 2007
SAF (F), "Le projet PlanetQuest", Vol. 122,
Okas, University of Tallinn,
Estonia, "Principle of Amplification" (thesis
about History of technology), August 2006
and District Amateur Radio Club, Australia,
"History of amateur radio", June 2006
(F), "Superstring theory" (in French) in their "Physique" section, January
magazine, "Echolink" in the VHF Plus
Daily and PhysOrg, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis",
9 August 2005
College/Marsbugs, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis", 3 August
Astrobiology Magazine and RedOrbit,
"Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis",
3 August 2005
Terragen Community, "The rendering time in Terragen", August
UBA (B), "DX entities with no ham activity", Mai-Juin 2005
(B), various articles on their website (SSN,
Le droit de Savoir
(B, LDDS/CiMedia), "Yellowstone supervolcano" in issue N°13, 15 mai 2005
(F), articles about the geology and morphology of lunar craters
(F), N°15, "Cassini-Huygens mission",
(F), review of my website and link in various online directories, Fév
UBA (B), "Cassini-Huygens mission", Jan-Fév 2005
pathway to the modern HF transceiver, by Ian Grinter and Kevin Crockett,
UBA (B), Review of propagation software
"GeoAlert-Extreme Wizard", Nov-Déc 2004
& Electronics School, Australia, Ron Bertrand, VK2DQ,
of Amateur Radio", 2004
(F), many articles in the fields of astrophysics, biology, meteorology,
ham radio, intelligence
: review of various hardware and software products related to amateur
(French and English versions), many articles extracted from my website (summaries)
Ridpath's book about Astronomy (Guide Bordas/Elsevier Astronomie), scientific supervisor
to the Biography