About Egg Moon Studio
My name is Martin Dodd and I’m from Chester, England. I became interested in science and technology after my dad bought me a small 60mm refracting telescope in 1980. And once I’d gazed upon Saturn as a tiny cosmic jewel in the sky I was hooked! 🌟 This was soon followed by a ZX81 computer and although it’s computing power was very limited, I began coding my own games. I then taught myself guitar and started using computers to create music and have enjoyed being creative with technology ever since.
My first job was working as an assistant scientific officer in the Met Office, observing and mapping weather conditions at international airports and RAF airfields. This included a 6 month detachment to the Falkland Islands where the dark skies were amazing!
I then went on to study for a BSc Honours Degree in Applied Physics & Astronomy. And was particularly proud of my final year dissertation involving the analysis of galactic spectra to help develop new theories of galaxy formation. This was an original piece of research work published in the monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ref. Sansom A C, Peace G, Dodd M, 1994, MNRAS, 271, 39, Line-Strength Gradients In The Bulge Components of NGC 3190 and 1023).
After graduating jobs in astronomy were hard to come by and I had to pay back my student loan. So I studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Software Technology at Liverpool University, and subsequently worked as a software engineer for various private and public sector businesses. Becoming proficient in object-oriented programming and app development.
With 12 years experience in the software industry, I decided to merge my experiences and interests and create Egg Moon Studio. Around this time my wife also started her own photography business Alison Dodd Photography. Whilst it’s been extremely challenging creating two startups it’s also been very rewarding following our passions.
Writing an astronomy weather app using C# and Xamarin was an easy decision as it utilised my previous skills in meteorology, astronomy and programming. I was also tired of sifting through conventional weather apps. Trying to find the night-time forecasts to decide whether to set up my scope… And so Scope Nights was born.
It’s had great reviews from many well-respected astronomy magazines and was given a Hot Product 2013 award by Sky & Telescope. I’ve also had lots of encouraging comments and feedback for new features, and Scope Nights has received great reviews in the App Store.
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