Mel Bartels

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Mel Bartels (born 1954) is an amateur astronomer after whom the asteroid 17823 Bartels was named. 17823 Bartels lies in the main asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter.[1][2][3]

Professionally, Bartels works as a software architect near Eugene, Oregon, U.S..[4]

Bartels is notable for his developing a free suite of realtime software for the computer control of GoTo altitude-azimuth telescope drives. [5]