As a kid I was fascinated by astronomy. It must have been because of all the Apollo launches at Cape Canaveral. I signed up for an astronomy class in my freshman year in college, but my college astronomy days soon came to an end. As fate would have it, my rational self interest at that time took me in other directions. Over the last half century I have rarely seen an amateur telescope that I didn’t covet. Sky and Telescope magazine was never out of reach. I always wondered what was the best I could do in my back yard with a small telescope like a 70mm Televue Ranger or a 3 1/2 inch Questar.
Amateur astronomy is difficult and expensive. I have devoted much in the way of resources to get where I am in the hobby. The challenge of turning what is visually just a white fuzzy object into an attractive color photo is what makes it all worthwhile. Over the years, my collection of telescopes, cameras, accessories and books has blossomed. In my retirement I now have the opportunity and the dark skies to employ them.
This is a hobby that has many facets. No one can become an expert in all of them. It will be my greatest pleasure just to get what comes into the big end of the telescope exported to my computer as a digital photo. The construction of an observatory gives me the opportunity to digitally capture many astronomical targets that would have been difficult or impossible to obtain any other way.
This observatory website has been set up to further organize myself and to share my astronomy hobby with you. Enjoy!
Astro La Vista, Baby!
April 3, 2014