Steve Collingwood is an independent telescope engineer and currently the only factory trained and certified Meade technician in the U.K.
I have over ten years experience in running the Meade U.K service department. I was also the last ever craftsman at Broadhurst Clarkson & Fuller Ltd – a telescope company first founded in 1750 by Benjamin Martin. Keeping the art of classic telescope making and restoration alive. Preserving the traditional skills and tooling which would otherwise be lost has been a great experience.
I was also very privileged to have been commissioned to restore Sir Patrick Moore’s telescopes some years ago too. Patrick was a very close friend and is sadly missed. Whilst being a Meade specialist, I have a broad experience of working on most major brands of instruments including Celestron, Skywatcher, William Optics and Takahashi.
A keen amateur astronomer for many years, I occasionally enjoy observing from my home observatory in rural Kent. Sadly the weather rarely allows it! I am also a keen supporter of the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux where I help maintain the historic Telescopes. I sponsor the Astronomy Festival each year and generally make a nuisance of myself. It’s a wonderful place to visit. I am a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society but the society magazine uses words I struggle to understand.. Furthermore I have also reached the dizzying heights of gaining my Stargazer badge with the Brownies.
Registered Address: 14 Nortons Way, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6TB