Dennis di Cicco at the scope
Former S&T Senior Editor Dennis di Cicco out preparing to observe. Don't be fooled by the austere profile: he probably has a joke on the tip of his tongue.
Dennis di Cicco

The North East Region of the Astronomical League (NERAL) announces the presentation of the prestigious 2015 NERAL Walter Scott Houston award to former Sky & Telescope editor Dennis di Cicco.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Dennis's numerous astronomical achievements include capturing the first successful photograph of the solar analemma in the late 1970s, considered a seminal achievement in astrophotography. Since then he went on to make great contributions as a writer and senior editor for Sky & Telescope magazine from 1974 through 2014 and was also editor of the pioneering magazine CCD Astronomy in the mid-1990s. In 1978 he received the Clifford W. Holmes Award at the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference Astronomy Expo for his work popularizing astronomy. The Astronomical League also recognized him for his observational talents in 1997 with its Leslie C. Peltier Award, for his significant observations and discoveries of dozens of minor planets.

Cygnus in H-alpha
This 30-panel mosaic of long exposures reveals tenuous hydrogen-alpha emission nebulosity in Cygnus. The field is roughly 15 x 18 degrees.
Dennis di Cicco / Sean Walker

"His generosity in sharing his vast knowledge through articles, test reports, tours, and talks throughout the amateur astronomy community makes him a star on our Earthly sphere for which we are extremely grateful," notes NERAL chair Maryann Arrien.

A longtime Stellafane devotee and member of the Springfield Telescope Makers, Dennis built his own backyard observatory, which he continues to put to good use on clear nights. He continues to produce cutting-edge astrophotography, including a long-term project of imaging the extensive streams of hydrogen-alpha gas within the Milky Way.

Dennis will be presented the award at the 2015 Stellafane Convention in Springfield, Vermont, this coming weekend. His equipment reviews continue to appear in our magazine's pages; look for his review of Tele Vue's DeLite Eyepieces in the September issue.


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August 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Congratulations !!! Dennis & invite to read , hoping you can understand spanish or find a way around

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Spencer R. Rackley IV

August 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Great job, Dennis!!!

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August 15, 2015 at 9:22 am

Scotty would approve!

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August 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Congratulations Dennis,
I have followed your articles since 1972 or thereabout and found them very clear and understandable. I hope that you will be around for another 40+ years.
Tom Wylie

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