Podcaster: Allen Versfeld

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Title: Urban Astronomer  Ep. 57: Interview with Carol Botha


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Allen interviews Carol Botha. Carol is a passionate amateur astronomer, who has been heavily involved in astronomy outreach for a number of years and serves as a Slooh Ambassador, having recently achieved the highest rank on the public robotic telescope service. She talks about watching the Sputnik booster rocket pass overhead as a little girls, explains why she prefers sketching at the eyepiece to astrophotography, and shares telescope buying tips for newcomers.

Bio: Allen is an amateur astronomer, an IT professional, a podcaster, a father of five beautiful kids and a barely competent chess player. He is also the director of the Astrophotography Section of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, where he coordinates and promotes the activities of people who are far better photographers than him.

Dr. Tana Joseph is an astrophysicist with a special interest in extra-galactic X-ray binary star systems. She is also the founder and owner of AstroComms, a STEM consultancy and communications company.

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