When I was in High School in Missoula Montana, I constructed 2 reflecting telescopes. The first was a six-inch then I ground a 10 inch. The larger one was long-focus (9.3) and great on planetary and lunar work. I eventually entered my 10-inch along with studies on Lunar Surfaces (Craters and Mountains) in the Montana Science Fair and won 3rd in Astronomy and Light. After moving to Kansas, I continued to observe and draw planets and lunar features.
It was destiny that I would be born the same year on September 27th, two months later after NASA’s historic Apollo eleven‘s moon landing on July 20th, 1967. My love of science and space would become a part of my life. I wanted to one day reach beyond the safety of our blue world and see with my own eyes the wonders of our local address in the vastness of what we know of our universe. Life changes and as I became older I had to make this passion secondary to the reality of this world were realistically not just ... more »
This picture is a sketch of the Andromeda galaxy that I completed as part of a high school presentation on finding and sketching deep sky objects in a telescope.
I've been an avid amateur astronomer ever since my dad bought me a small telescope when I was young. I remember trying to discern Saturn's rings for the first time and driving to local state parks to escape the city lights. With time we upgraded equipment and became more skilled in the art of observing. We traveled to star parties and spent nights out in sub-zero temperatures just to get that perfect ... more »