Unlike most of the editors here at Sky & Telescope, astronomy is a relatively new part of Tony's life. It wasn't until 1996 that the 40-something Flanders got hooked on the stars. While toying with buying a telescope for a nephew, he recalls, "It struck me like a bolt from the blue that I was a couple of decades over-ready for a telescope myself."
From that point on, astronomy became nearly all-consuming, and in late 2003 Tony found a home here at Sky Publishing, where his stargazing acumen and prolific writing have been heartily welcomed.
Although he loves a dark sky as much as any stargazer, he's be quick to tell you just how much he delights in observing from light-polluted urban settings, or even out the window of his apartment. And his initial enthusiasm hasn't diminished a bit. "Every time I look through the eyepiece of my telescope," he says, "I get chills up my spine."
Tony will be posting his comments and observations a few times a week maybe more if the New England skies cooperate.