My name is Jason Durrant and I live in Suffolk on the east coast of England near the mainland's most easterly point.
By day I work as an IT Manager for a rural high school in Suffolk with about 1200 students​.

My interest in astronomy goes back as far as I can remember and I remember following the Apollo - Soyuz flight with great interest. Like most amateur astronomers in the UK my greatest influence in astronomy was Sir Patrick Moore and his The Sky at Night TV series.

I have had an interest in photography since I was a small child and was allowed to take some photos my fathers Zenit TTL SLR camera back in 1976. My father was a professional wedding and industrial photographer. 10 years later I got my first SLR as a Christmas present, a Zenit 11 which I stll have. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have a number of film SLR cameras.

In 2002 I bought my first digital camera a Fujifilm S602 with at the time a whopping 6X optical zoom! I also started astro photography with digital imaging equipment at around the same time owning many different telescopes and astrophotography CCD imaging cameras.
In 2009 due to a health problem I gave up astrophotography with large expensive amateur equipment and returned to more budget orientated methods of astrophotography. A move I have never regretted!

In 2018 I started the UK Budget Astrophotography facebook group to provide a place for astro photographers who do not have big expensive astro imaging set ups to share their photos and encourage others with help and advice.