of the Moon
published in ScienceAm
Bennett pictured by Akira Fujii in 1970.
Malin and Akira Fujii in 1990s.
began in 1978, when I published advertisings and various high
resolution pictures of the moon and the sun in specialized magazines to invite
the amateur community to participe in activities of Club Observatoire ORION,
a non-profit association that I founded with a friend in 1975, during our studies at
St.Paul College (B).
a little more experience, I wrote technical articles and continued
to publish pictures in amateur magazines like Ciel et
Terre (B), Cosmos (B), Ciel et
Espace (F), ScienceAm (F), Man and Stars (男と星, JA), Sky &
Telescope (USA), including in books like "A l'affût des
étoiles" (F), sometimes in cooperation with other amateurs from
Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, the U.S.A. or Japan.
is at this occasion that I introduced Akira
Fujii, the famous japanese astronomer, astrophotographer and author (cf. ref1,
to the French community in publishing some of his images (Bennett,
eclipse, Mercury transit,
etc) in Ciel et Espace.
He was very honored to be appreciated by the French community after have been
congratulated in his country and in the U.S.A. for all his astrophotography work.
that many pictures taken by Akira Fujii are today archived on the website of
astronomer and astrophotographer David
Receiving no financial support from the school authorities, in
1979 I moved my club to Brussels City, where I decided to work in collaboration with a local
I published an half page article in the largest
Brussels newspaper "LE SOIR" about my objectives. Reply
from the amateur community was immediate. Young and adults soon joined the
Thanks to my
pictures (mainly those of the moon in high resolution), I personally won
several contests, mainly in the U.S.A. and Japan. I received for gift a
small refractor of 60 mm f/5 and a large electric barn door on a tripod.
Superb gifts for a young adult short of money !
Advertising for the
Club Observatoire ORION
published in Brussels newspaper "LE SOIR" in 1979.
inviting young people to practice astronomy in DEXIA bank newspaper
dedicated to youth (former Club Jeunesse du Crédit Communal de Belgique)..
and other icons published in A+ Magazine dedicated to Apple in 1983
Article about home
computing published in a well-known newspaper distributed in Namur (B).
the meantime, I bought my first Apple computer soon equipped with 1 MB of
RAM (it was much at that time !), a graphic board and an enhanced
keyboard. At that time such a computer cost about 4000 € !, much money
invested in a hobby. Hopefully 20 years later a high-end computer is worth
half that price. Thanks, Moore !
of time, today, and probably like you, I till own a computer that I have completed with
digital images and computing, I used my spare time to write technical articles,
creating graphics and programs that were, to my surprise, published in newspapers
like Confluent (B), and computing magazines like
Nibble, SoftDisk (USA), L'Ordinateur Individuel
(F) and other well-known publications edited in Belgium, France, Japan and in the U.S.A.
January 1982, I published my first academic paper titled "Projet Luna Incognita"
in "Ciel & Terre" magazine edited by SRBA
in Belgium. The objective was to promote the photography of the Moon near the south
and southwest limbs, that were poorly photographed by the space missions of the 1960's.
the special issue of Summer 1986, I published in L'Ordinateur
Individuel (F) dedicated to home computing, my first in depth article dealing with the use of videodisks together with home
computers, a way to support this new media, ancestor of the DVD.
My objective was
to learn to the French readers the existence of this technology, and demonstrate them all the
potential of this marvellous media, mainly in the field of education.
In the meantime, I
became member of the "Optical Memory User Group" (OMUG) and the
"Amateur Space Telescope" association from Troy University, two
american non-profit organizations devoted to the use and
development of new technologies for amateurs. These projects were cancelled
after some years by lack of support from professionnals.
In depth article
dealing with interfacing videodisks and computers published in "l'OI"
#83, Summer 1986.
programs published in SoftDisk in 1987, a disk magazine dedicated to Apple II computers.
of the many technical articles published in Cosmos magazine (B) in the 1980's.
In the end of 80's, I had
gathered a large collection of astronomy pictures and technical documents
that used a dozen of binders.
To not loosing all this material,
I decided to publish these information in
a book dedicated to amateur astronomy including a large part dealing with astrophotography.
Pierre Bourge and other well-known French writers as well as manufacturers
like Interoptic, Celestron and Meade gave me a positive feedback. I seeked for
some months a French editor willing to publish my project, in vain.
chance in 1987 I contacted Bordas-Elsevier editor to know
if he could be interested in publishing this book. For various reasons,
the editor prefered to give me the opportunity to participate in the scientific
supervision of Ian Ridpath's book dealing with astronomy. I was very proud and
excited : think about, my very first collaboration with an editor at
27, and very well remunerated ! For the first time my name was displayed in a
supervision of Ian Ridpath's popularizing book in 1987.
Cyprae leucodon, one of the most beautiful cowries of my collection.
am interested in seashells since I am kid, and surely after reading the March
of the "National Geographic" magazine about the subject. Later, I got the opportunity to buy
some marvellous specimens, specially coming from old collections.
my most beautiful seashells are displayed in Kenneth Wye' s book herewith,
all gem specimens of well-known families that are Conidae, Cypraeidae, Muricidae,
Pleurotomariidae, Strombidae among others, pure natural beauties, but that I partly sold since that
diver and very concerned by the preservation of our natural resources, I only buy
specimens from old collection, and I never order seashells to divers, thus new
specimens (all the less than they become smaller with overfishing). It is my way to
protect life, these organisms being better living in nature than dead in my
living room !
dozen of my seashells specimens are displayed in K.Wye's book.
about chasing DX stations of the Pacific published in the belgian hamradio magazine CQ-QSO March/April 2005 edited by UBA.
2000, after have used BBS and other Compuserve for years, I decided to create the
educational website based on the manuscripts, photographs, videos and other
documents that remained in my drawers with the hope of arousing the curiosity
of readers and teaching them something they did not know.
represents ~20 GB of information, including about 850 articles spread over
more than 2100 pages, and more than 42000 images, 320 animations and video,
484 sound recordings and the review of 162 programs. It is enriched with new
information almost every day (specially the French pages).
was in July 2009 that LUXORION
reached one million unique visitors. In over 20 years, this website has
received in average over 200 visitors each day with peaks three to five
Internet being out of control (or almost), it is also in pray to hacking and
So, due to the
long work that has required the writing of these documents and their update, as well as my contract with
Aegeus publishing company, the content of this website is protected by copyrights
registered in several countries, and valid all over the world.
reproduction of my works (text and images) are only allowed with my
permission or paiment of a fee. See my FAQ for
website is open since 29 Sep 2000 and receives over 100 visitors every
day. The content of this website is protected by copyrights.
pathway to the modern HF transceiver in the frame of the australian Advanced Diploma of Electronics.
Short article about Echolink in
CQ magazine, VHF Plus column, Dec 2005 issue.
my activity is mostly oriented to the sharing of all my knowledges and
documents with the public, what does not mean that my work is in the
listed in my awards and commendations page, regularly editors, authors,
teachers, associations, webmasters and many amateurs ask me permission to
publish some of my images or articles, that they are written in French or
in English, on a website, in a magazine, a book or in an educative CD-ROM.
This is always with pleasure that I share these documents while asking you
to respect the copyright.
too, associations or editors contact me to write an article in their magazine,
about sciences or technology.
my interest for amateur radio, in 2004 my history of amateur
radio referenced on the ARRL
website has been used by Ian Grinter and Kevin Crockett, VK3CKC, to write
the academic cursus on Technological
pathway to the modern HF transceiver in the frame of the australian
Advanced Diploma of Electronics. This story was also used by Ron Bertrand, VK2DQ,
in the frame of his "Education hour" about ham radio at Radio
& Electronics School, Qld, Australia as well as by the SADARC
Radio Club, VK3SOL, in Vict., Australia.
fan of photography, in 2007 the French editor of the Cours-Photophiles webzine published my
dossier on "Digital photography" dedicated to DSLRs on the occasion of the release of the
60th issue of the
parallel, when time permits or on request, I write articles for paper and electronic magazines like CQ
Daily, PhysOrg or NASA
Astrobiology Magazine to name a few.
also publish astronomy, weather or nature pictures in online magazines
or photo libraries (see below).
and renderings about
terraforming of Mars published in
Astrobiology Magazine in
of exoplanet 16 Cygni b published in Sciences et Avenir Special Issue 145, Dec 2005
Protons & Quarks
some years, I have created illustrations (see also
Solar System, Alien Worlds, Infographics,
Terragen), and other images (see Microcosmos, Tourism)
to illustrate various subjects developed on this website, mainly concepts, celestial bodies,
exoplanets and planetary landscapes. You will find some of the finest images on the website
of several institutions, astronomers, and in magazines (APOD,
Sciences et Avenir, Quest, etc),
including to illustrate conferences or exhibitions (IAP,
I have also published a page on Flickr
2005 you can also read my first book about quantum physics,
the result of more than ten years of investigations. It is published in
French to begin, to Aegeus
Editions, and is entitled "Un siècle
de Physique : 1 - La Physique Quantique".
complete articles published on this site or in magazines,
in 2007 I have opened a blog written in French entitled "Bouillons
de Cultures". It is a way for me to share easier and faster ideas and opinions with you.
Advantage, hosted by Blogger (belonging to Google), new articles are immediately indexed
and available in the first page of Google in the next minutes. Although it
is always online and had some success, to avoid to dissipate my efforts and
by lack of time, I decided to no more feed this blog and to concentrate on
last, a Facebook
page has been created on wich I publish some documents and that allows me to
easily be in touch with amateurs and professionals. It is also an alternative
to the mail for readers wishing to contact me.
20 years of activity, the numerous encouragements received from amateur and professional
from all over the world have confirmed that not only my objective has been achieved but that the
website has became a reference in the French-speaking world and beyond,
including on some academic sites. So I have good reasons to maintain the
regime and to continue the adventure by publishing ever more complete feature articles.
My first book about quantum physics
My blog written
in French entitled
de Cultures" opened in 2007
of meteorites and The
Meteoritical Society (LPI) : sample of Muonionalusta
Iron IVA meteorite, june 2022
Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) : sample of Muonionalusta
siderite, 6 april 2022
Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) : rainbow wheel (rainbow with
anti-crepuscular rays) at eve, near Namur, Belgium, 11 Mar 2022
thesis HAL Open science, L'étude de l'influence du champ magnétique
sur l'évolution stellaire, Alizée Duthu, 2017 : stellar diagrams
: picture of a bridge surrounded with vegetation, November 2015
scholastic magazine : "Pluto Gets Its. Close-Up", rendering of New Horizons flying
over Pluto, 26 October 2015 issue
: rendering of New Horizons flying over Pluto, 18 February 2015
society : rendering of New Horizons flying over Pluto, 26 August 2014
Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) : landscape in visible light and
near-infrared (665 nm), 18 Aug 2013
: Colored Perseid in Cygnus, 12 Aug 2012
at NASA : "Visit to Pluto", rendering of New Horizons
flying by Pluto released on 2 Sep 2011 and 18
of Huddersfield. (UK) : Poster of Tau Ceti in the room of the
supercomputer "Tau Ceti", April 2011
(with Science Channel) : "Astropedia-Yuta and His Mysterious
Cosmic Book" : rendering of Eris, November 2008
Eye Too Production (Discovery) : two renderings of Mars
terraforming, May 2008
Magazine : Rendering of dwarf planet Eris, September 2007 issue
Picture of the Day (APOD) : rendering of Eris, alias 2003 UB313, 19 Jun 2007
International Library of Photography (USA), Sunset at La Panne, book
"Endless Journey", January 2007
SAF (F) : Rendering of 55 Cancri, Jan 2007 issue, Vol. 122
Earth Science Picture Of the Day : 15, 22 May 2004; 15, 17 June 2004;
10 July 2004; 3 Dec 2006; 22 Mar 2007
Lunar Surface Journal (acknowledgments),
NASA, Aug 2006
Planetarium of Milano (I) : Rendering of a SETI transmission, July 2006
magazine (NL) : Rendering of 55 Cancri, March 2006
Design : Picture of a Zen shelter published as background on their homepage, March 2006
Astrophysique de Toulouse (Pascal Fouque) : Rendering of
OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, 13 Feb 2006
Picture of the Day (APOD) : rendering of Eris, 2003 UB313, 7 Feb 2006
NSSDC Master Catalog : Rendering of New Horizon mission at Pluto, January 2006
graphs of sunrise and sunset (CA) : Twilight displayed as background image in January 2006
et Avenir (F) : Special issue HS N° 145 December 2005, "The solar system", rendering of (exo)planets
Sik (HU) : December 2005 exhibition at "House of Future", Budapest, Hungaria, Mars terraforming
NSSDC Master Catalog : Rendering of Venus Express mission launched by ESA in November 2005
Peter Widmer's website (CH) : Banner and picture published in his promotional pamphlet since November 2005
Worlds of David Darling (online Encyclopedia) : renderings of ET life form
published in October 2005
Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, "LifeTimes" mag., resp.Margaret Schmidt : Sept 2005
: "Marte: la ecosíntesis azul" (rendering of Mars terraforming), 14 aug 2005
Astrobiology Magazine : 21 Jan and 18 Feb 2005, "Icy Volcanoes, Methane Rain" (Titan);
Karlsruher Wolkenatlas from Bernhard Mühr (D) : many clouds pictures
: "Transit of Venus 2004" (p13), 27 Mar 2004; 24, 25 Apr 2004, 8 June 2004
Astronomical Association : Transit of Venus, 8 June 2004
gallery : "VT-2004 Photo of the Day" 12 May 2004; 8 June 2004 "Venus transit 2004" (p23)
Picture of the
Day (ex-Weather Picture Of the Day) : 1, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31 Oct 2003; 1, 2, 9 Nov 2003; 2 Mar 2004; 14, 18, 30 May 2004, 10 July 2004
Ashundar Terragen Community and Christian Fly : many Terragen renderings gathered in
: since 2002, various pictures of nature (landscapes, clouds, sunrises, sunsets, ...)
(F): various wallpapers and illustrations related to astronomy (landscapes and space missions)
l'affût des Etoiles, P.Bourge/J.Lacrois, Dunod, 1980 : solar prominence recorded in H-alpha
Wireless Association (TWA), "Chasing QSL" and other
articles, from March 2011
Nationale de Police du Québec, extracts from "La photographie numérique",
"La photographie numérique", Photophiles N°60, septembre 2007
l'Avenir (B), "Attention aux fausses études",
J.Rensonnet, 20 août 2007
(B), Votre Courrier : "Non, M.Allègre", N° 2780,
14 juin 2007
SAF (F), "Le projet PlanetQuest", Vol. 122, Jan 2007
Okas, University of Tallinn,
Estonia, "Principle of Amplification" (thesis
about History of technology), August 2006
and District Amateur Radio Club, Australia, "History of amateur radio", June 2006
(F), "Superstring theory" (in French) in their "Physique" section, January
magazine, "Echolink" in the VHF Plus column, December 2005
Daily and PhysOrg, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis",
9 August 2005
College/Marsbugs, "Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis", 3 August 2005
Astrobiology Magazine and RedOrbit,
"Mars, the Blue Ecosynthesis", 3 August 2005
Terragen Community, "The rendering time in Terragen", August 2005
UBA (B), "DX entities with no ham activity", Mai-Juin 2005
(B), various articles on their website (SSN, etc), 2005
Le droit de Savoir
(B, LDDS/CiMedia), "Yellowstone supervolcano" in issue N°13, 15 mai 2005
monture des télescopes, AstroNamur/SRBA, April 2005
Moon atlas (F), articles about the geology and morphology of lunar craters
(F), N°15, "Cassini-Huygens mission", Fév.2005
(F), review of my website and link in various online directories, Fév 2005
UBA (B), "Cassini-Huygens mission", Jan-Fév 2005
pathway to the modern HF transceiver, by Ian Grinter and Kevin Crockett,
UBA (B), Review of propagation software "GeoAlert-Extreme Wizard", Nov-Déc 2004
& Electronics School, Australia, Ron Bertrand, VK2DQ, cursus "History
of Amateur Radio", 2004
(F), many articles in the fields of astrophysics, biology, meteorology,
ham radio, intelligence
: review of various hardware and software products related to amateur
English and French editions : many articles (extracted from the website)
Ridpath's Multiguide nature de l'astronomie (Bordas/Elsevier éd.,
1983), scientific supervisor.
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