The role of an amateur astronomer has changed. When I started out, in 1930 (!), an amateur was concerned mainly with the Solar System, and usually with one particular object, in my case the Moon. There were some amateurs who were variable star enthusiasts, but not many and amateur photography was rudimentary. Today all this has changed, and though the Solar System is not neglected, amateurs have extended their scope. Photography has given way to electronics; the modest 15-in. reflector in my observatory can be used to produce images far better than any professional could have managed a couple of decades ago. Sadly, I have to admit that these developments came just too late for me; all I can do now is to watch – and admire.