In 1980, he founded the Amateur Group of Pistoiese Mountain. Later on, this resulted in the construction of the Pistoia Mountains Astronomical Observatory. As the director of the observatory, he has collaborated with many discoverers in following up near-earth objects and in finding minor planets, since 1994.
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