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Ken Fulton the Light Hearted Astronomer has passed away.

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#26 John Huntley

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 04:40 PM

I'm very sorry to hear of Ken Fulton's passing.


I bought "The Light Hearted Astronomer" soon after it was available here in the UK and really enjoyed reading it, several times over. It is unlike any other astronomy book that I have ever read and I loved his "tell it like it is" style.


I have just ordered "The Light Hearted Astronomer Observes Again" and will read it in celebration of Ken's life and contribution to the hobby that I have been a small part of for the past 40 years.


R.I.P Ken.

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 12:53 PM

TL-HA advertised in all my old Astronomy magazines, that iconic cover!  I borrowed it from my local library. 


Ken's books are nostalgia, thanks for inspiring me Ken.

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 01:55 PM

thanks for the update - I had ordered his sequel to the original book and had not had a chance to read it, I will go get it off the shelf now.   Glad to see he kept the lamp burning right till the end....RIP!!!  no more troubles with macular degeneration now......

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 08:10 AM

After hearing the sad news of Ken's passing, I finally purchased the updated version of his book. It was a fun and easy read that I wish I had made years earlier. That last chapter dealing with his macular degeneration was indeed a sad one but hearing that someone smashed the lens of his beloved scope sickened me. To Ken I would just like to say that you're plea to those of with vision enough to observe, should get out there and do so was heard loud and clear. Next time I am out observing and for many years to come (hopefully) I will be thinking of you. Thanks.

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 09:57 PM

Sorry to hear that. I enjoyed the first book. Gave it to a friend and I'm sure she still has the book. Never knew he wrote a sequel.

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Posted 22 August 2020 - 03:34 PM

So sorry to hear this news.

I bought Ken's book in the late 80's and read it many times over the years.

The book always brought me back down to earth when I was contemplating new gear.



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Posted 22 August 2020 - 06:23 PM

Im not sure which forum is best for this post so please feel free to move it but I belive the classics forum is where most will know his name.  My good friend Ken Fulton has passed away.  He wrote the survival manual The Light Hearted Astronomer back in the mid '80's and it was very popular.   More recently he wrote the sequel The Light Hearted Astronomer Observes Again.   He had been hospitalized several weeks ago for an infection and was not able to recover.  His wife of 50 years Doris had been keeping friends appraised on his condition for weeks on social media.   Ken kept a pretty low profile over the years and could have made many appearances by popular demand but that wasnt his style.  He was recently slated to speak at the Texas Star Party but it fell through at the last minute.   He had been planning to move into a new place with Doris but covid delayed the move.  Ken definitely had more living to do and the astronomical community will definitely feel his loss..

Times change.  I remember seeing the cover of the book and wondering, "where would he get a refractor that short?"

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 05:30 PM

Always sad and much too common to hear of the passing of one of this community.
My heartfelt condolences.

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