The Bournemouth Optical SETI Observatory



The Optical Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence


Bournemouth is mentioned in the July 18, 2007 edition of The Columbus Dispatch's
front page article about Stuart Kingsley moving back to the UK

July 20, 2007, follow-up  radio interview: "Open Line" with Fred Andrle of WOSU, Columbus, Ohio
(WOSU 820 is the public AM radio station of The Ohio State University)


Main Optical SETI Web Site: WWW.COSETI.ORG


Open Letter to the HST-JWST Transition Panel
Concerning Space-Based Optical SETI


The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)







Latitude: 50 43 20 N
Longitude: 01 52 38 W


Google Earth Images of Bournemouth, Boscombe and Crag Head


Soothing Ocean Sounds

Soothing Ocean Sounds

Southern celestial view from this locality for Summer Solstice, Midnight, June 21-22, 2003


About This Site

Since 1990 I have expended much effort in promoting the Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, otherwise known as Optical SETI or OSETI.  This was an idea first suggested by Nobel Laureate Charles H. Townes in 1961.  Through most of those years since then, the SETI community had strongly  opposed the optical approach to SETI.  In 1998, opposition to OSETI crumbled and the main-stream SETI organizations initiated their own OSETI research programs.  Through much of the past decade, The Columbus Optical SETI Observatory and its Web Site has been the main means by which I have promoted the Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Those of you who are familiar with my background know that I am British American, having lived in Columbus, Ohio for over 21 years.  A few of you will be aware that in about 10 years I plan to retire back to the United Kingdom.  The place I intend to retire to is the seaside resort known as Bournemouth.  This is on the south coast of England, just a little west of Portsmouth and Southampton, with views of the famous "Needles" on the west tip of the Isle of Wight.  France is below the southern horizon.

Since I have long planned to be involved in OSETI observations in Bournemouth during my retirement, when I will have the time, it seems reasonable to start setting up an OSETI capability at the flat.  These days I typically visit our flat there, which overlooks the English Channel, twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter.  Over the next two years I intend to establish an Optical SETI facility at the flat.  This ground-floor flat has access to a large garden with swimming pool which has views stretching from the Isle of Wight in the southeast to the Purbeck Hills in the southwest.  Access to the sky is far superior to what I have available at my Bexley, Ohio home, and the sky is considerably darker, rather freer of the light pollution that so bedevils urban areas.

For the moment, this new Web Site will just be a marker for future activities of The Bournemouth Optical SETI Observatory.  When I retire back to the United Kingdom around 2013, this site will become my main OSETI site and the original COSETI site will become an archive.  I hope that by the summer of 2004, I will be able to start Optical SETI observations in Bournemouth, albeit for only a week or so at a time.  I will take a telescope to the UK this summer.

Tentative Schedule:
Summer 2003 - Install 8" GPS SCT
Summer 2004 - Install dual coincidence detection photon-counter system
2013 - 2014 - Retire to Bournemouth

For those in the United Kingdom who wish to contact me or visit during my bi-annual visits to the UK, you can do so by making prior email contact with me or telephoning 01202-302654.  Check this page for when I expect to be in London and Bournemouth this summer.

As chairman of the SETI League's Optical SETI section, I hope to promote future Amateur Optical SETI activities in the UK as well as in the US.  This is likely to be done in conjunction with the so called "PhotonStar Project".

Dr. Stuart A. Kingsley
First Uploaded: February 2, 2003
Updated: February 20, 2003

Despite the intension stated above to retire to Bournemouth around 2013 or 2014, for family reasons I decided to return to the UK sooner.  I arrived in Bournemouth on January 25, 2008,  after 26 years in the USA.  The contact phone number in Bournemouth will be as stated above; 01202-302654.  See the home page of for a statement about this move.  Now that I will be living in the UK I will be available for talks about OSETI throughout the year.

Dr. Stuart A. Kingsley
November 23, 2011

First UK Optical SETI public talk since relocating back to the UK, June 22, 2009 in Bournemouth


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