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Article inviting young people to practice astronomy in DEXIA bank newspaper dedicated to youth (former Club Jeunesse du Crédit Communal de Belgique).

I was in close contact with Akira Fujii, author of this fine picture of comet Bennett, in the late 70's and 80's.

Years 1970's

All 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).

With 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. 

It is at this occasion that I introduced Akira Fujii, the famous japanese astrophotographer to the French community in publishing some of his images (Bennett, Halley, M81/M82, 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 cultural centrum.

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.

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 !


Chronology

Picture of the Moon published in ScienceAm

 in 1978

Advertising for the Club Observatoire 

ORION published in Brussels newspaper "LE SOIR" in 1979.

 

Pictures 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).

Years 1980's

In 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 computer cost about 4000 € !, much money invested in a hobby. Hopefully 20 years later a high-end computer is worth half that price. Thanks, Moore !

Fan of 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 A+ Magazine, Nibble, SoftDisk (USA), L'Ordinateur Individuel (F) and other well-known publications edited in Belgium, France, Japan and in the U.S.A.


For 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 from Troy University, 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 dealing with interfacing videodisks and computers published in "l'OI" #83, Summer 1986.

Two programs published in SoftDisk in 1987, a disk magazine dedicated to Apple II computers.

 

One 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.

By 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 popularizing book...


Scientific supervision of Ian Ridpath's popularizing book in 1987.

A Cyprae leucodon, one of the most beautiful cowries of my collection.

Years 1990's

I 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.

Some of 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 time.

As 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 !


Some dozen of my seashells specimens are displayed in K.Wye's book.

 

Article about chasing DX stations of the Pacific published in the belgian hamradio magazine CQ-QSO March/April 2005 edited by UBA.

Years 2000's

In 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 LUXORION  project, the website to which you are currently connected. It receives about 6000 visitors each month.

No 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 more details.


LUXORION 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 copyrights.

Cursus 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.

Today 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.

Sometimes too, associations or editors contact me to write an article in their magazine, about sciences or technology.

In 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.

In parallel I continue writing articles in paper and electronic magazines like CQ magazine, Futura-Sciences, Cours-Photophiles, Space Daily,  PhysOrg or NASA Astrobiology Magazine to name a few, not to forget Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (the English and French versions).

When time permits I also publish astronomy, weather or nature pictures in online magazines or photo libraries (see below).


Article and renderings about terraforming of Mars published in NASA Astrobiology Magazine in Aug 2005

Rendering of exoplanet 16 Cygni b published in Sciences et Avenir Special Issue 145, Dec 2005

Venus Express

Hadrons & Quarks

Internet

For 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 (APOD, Sciences et Avenir, Quest, etc), including to illustrate conferences or exhibitions (IAP, NASA/NSSDC, etc).

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 Blogger (belonging to Google), 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.

And 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 LUXORION 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

My blog written

in French entitled

"Bouillons de Cultures" opened in 2007


Images recently published

 

Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) : landscape in visible light and near-infrared (665 nm), 18 Aug 2013

SpaceWeather : Colored Perseid in Cygnus, 12 Aug 2012

Science at NASA : "Visit to Pluto", rendering of Pluto released on 2 Sep 2011 and 18 March 2013

University of Huddersfield. (UK) : Poster of Tau Ceti in the room of the supercomputer "Tau Ceti", April 2011

JSP (with Science Channel) : "Astropedia-Yuta and His Mysterious Cosmic Book" : rendering of Eris, November 2008

CBS Eye Too Production (Discovery) : two renderings of Mars terraforming, May 2008

Discover Magazine : rendering of dwarf planet Eris, September 2007 issue

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) : rendering of Eris, alias 2003 UB313, 19 Jun 2007

The International Library of Photography (USA), Sunset at La Panne, book "Endless Journey", January 2007

L'Astronomie, 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

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (acknowledgments), NASA, Aug 2006

Civic Planetarium of Milano (I) : Rendering of a SETI transmission, July 2006

QUEST magazine (NL) : Rendering of 55 Cancri, March 2006

Arcane Design : picture of a Zen shelter published as background on their homepage, March 2006

Laboratoire Astrophysique de Toulouse (Pascal Fouque) : Rendering of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, 13 Feb 2006

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) : rendering of Eris, 2003 UB313, 7 Feb 2006

NASA NSSDC Master Catalog : Rendering of New Horizon mission at Pluto, January 2006

PTAFF graphs of sunrise and sunset (CA) : Twilight displayed as background image in January 2006

Sciences et Avenir (F) : Special issue HS N° 145 December 2005, "The solar system", rendering of (exo)planets

Andras Sik (HU) : December 2005 exhibition at "House of Future", Budapest, Hungaria, Mars terraforming

NASA 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

The Worlds of David Darling (online Encyclopedia) : renderings of ET life form published in October 2005

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, "LifeTimes" mag., resp.Margaret Schmidt : Sept 2005 issue, Terraforming

AstroSETI.org : "Marte: la ecosíntesis azul" (rendering of Mars terraforming), 14 aug 2005

NASA Astrobiology Magazine : 21 Jan and 18 Feb 2005, "Icy Volcanoes, Methane Rain" (Titan); see above

Der Karlsruher Wolkenatlas from Bernhard Mühr (D) : many clouds pictures

Spaceweather : "Transit of Venus 2004" (p13), 27 Mar 2004; 24, 25 Apr 2004, 8 June 2004

British Astronomical Association : Transit of Venus, 8 June 2004

ESO/Photo 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 an album

Photo.net : since 2002, various pictures of nature (landscapes, clouds, sunrises, sunsets, ...)

Futura-Sciences (F) : various wallpapers and illustrations related to astronomy (landscapes and space missions)

A l'affût des Etoiles, P.Bourge/J.Lacrois, Dunod, 1980 : solar prominence recorded in H-alpha

Articles recently published

Tamaqua Wireless Association (TWA), "Chasing QSL" and other articles, from March 2011

Ecole Nationale de Police du Québec, extracts from "La photographie numérique", January 2009

Cours-Photophiles, "La photographie numérique", Photophiles N°60, septembre 2007

Vers l'Avenir (B), "Attention aux fausses études", J.Rensonnet, 20 août 2007

Télépro (B), Votre Courrier : "Non, M.Allègre", N° 2780, 14 juin 2007

L'Astronomie, SAF (F), "Le projet PlanetQuest", Vol. 122, Jan 2007

Ain Okas, University of Tallinn, Estonia, "Principle of Amplification" (thesis about History of technology), August 2006

Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club, Australia, "History of amateur radio", June 2006

Techno-science.net (F), "Superstring theory" (in French) in their "Physique" section, January 2006

CQ magazine, "Echolink" in the VHF Plus column, December 2005

Space Daily and PhysOrg, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis", 9 August 2005

Lyon College/Marsbugs, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis", 3 August 2005

NASA Astrobiology Magazine and RedOrbit, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis", 3 August 2005

Ashundar Terragen Community, "The rendering time in Terragen", August 2005

CQ-QSO, UBA (B), "DX entities with no ham activity", Mai-Juin 2005

UBA (B), various articles on their website (SSN, etc), 2005

Le droit de Savoir (B, LDDS/CiMedia), "Yellowstone supervolcano" in issue N°13, 15 mai 2005

Jérome Grenier's Moon atlas (F), articles about the geology and morphology of lunar craters

NMRevue (F), N°15, "Cassini-Huygens mission", Fév.2005

Astronomie Magazine (F), review of my website and link in various online directories, Fév 2005

CQ-QSO, UBA (B), "Cassini-Huygens mission", Jan-Fév 2005

Technological pathway to the modern HF transceiver, by Ian Grinter and Kevin Crockett, VK3CKC, 2004

CQ-QSO, UBA (B), Review of propagation software "GeoAlert-Extreme Wizard", Nov-Déc 2004

Radio & Electronics School, Australia, Ron Bertrand, VK2DQ, cursus "History of Amateur Radio", 2004

Futura-Sciences (F), many articles in the fields of astrophysics, biology, meteorology, ham radio, intelligence

eHam.net : review of various hardware and software products related to amateur radio activities

Wikipedia (French and English versions), many articles extracted from my website (summaries)

Ian Ridpath's book about Astronomy (Guide Bordas/Elsevier Astronomie), scientific supervisor

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