Adrian ('Ade') Ashford was born, raised and educated in England. He read Astronomy and Physics at the University of Central Lancashire before embarking on his first career as a digital cartographer with the Ordnance Survey, the U.K’.s primary mapping agency.

An active observer and telescope maker since 1978, Ade starting writing a monthly astronomy column for the Eastern Daily Press in January 1980, aged 17. His first telescope reviews appeared in the British magazine Astronomy Now in 1994, and he continues to work as a freelance writer and editor for the U.K. astronomical press.

Ade became an Associate Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine in August 2000 and in addition to his magazine work wrote several of the interactive applets for SkyandTelescope.com. He worked as an astronomy guide and specialist equipment manager for Earth & Sky in Tekapo, New Zealand from 2008-2010.

Aside from time spent with his family, Ade's passions are writing and astrophotography, capturing the wonders of the Northern Hemisphere sky from his observatory in the heart of Norfolk and the southern sky from New Zealand.