Pierre Paquette
Profile Type: 
Astronomy Ambassador
Speaking Topics: 
Ancient astronomical instruments
Deep-sky objects
Deep-sky catalogues
History of astronomy
Centre Affiliation: 
Montreal
Other Astronomical Organizations: 
Club des astronomes amateurs de Laval
Email: 
pierre@pierrepaquette.net
Telephone: 
514-993-0039
Can deliver other talks similar to the above: 
Yes
Willing to consider creating a custom presentation: 
Yes
Starting Airport: 
Montreal
Regional Availability: 
Quebec (outside Montreal)
Eastern Ontario and Montreal
Target Audiences: 
General audiences (adults)
Astronomy enthusiasts
Languages: 
English and French
  I’ve been doing astronomy for the past 30+ years, and recently found an interest in astronomy history and ancient instruments. I have made working replicas of astrolabes, quadrants, merkhets, etc. Previously, I have had an interest for astronomical catalogues of deep-sky objects and their history. This brought me to “rediscover” the original Berkeley open cluster catalogue, that authors Archinal and Hynes had not found when compiling their excellent book, Star Clusters (2003). I sent them a copy of the Berkeley catalogue, and my “rediscovery” was mentioned in Sky & Telescope in 2011.