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Peter Manly (1945-2007)

Gene Lucas


We have learned that Peter L. Manly, active in the San Jose Astronomy Association and the Saguaro Astronomy Club during the 1980s, passed away last Friday at the VA hospital in Phoenix, after a long illness. Captain Manly served and flew in the USAF in Vietnam; later working on the Air Force GEODSS satellite tracking telescope program; and then for NASA on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. He was active in the San Jose Astronomy Association, before moving to Phoenix. He took part in several solar eclipse expeditions. Peter was a pioneer in video astronomy, for occultation timing and eclipses. Along with several other SAC members, we did a series of programs featuring live broadcasts of Halley’s Comet on Channel 8 KAET TV at ASU in 1985-86. He was a member of the IAPPP photometry organization, and IOTA, the International Occultation Timing Association. He published a number of magazine articles on astronomy, and two books, “Unusual Telescopes” and “The 20-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope”, both still widely available. In later years, Peter wrote and published two science fantasy books and a number of science fiction stories and was active in the SF writers groups in Arizona. A wake was held in Scottsdale, AZ on August 10th.


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