I became hooked on Astronomy when I was
young and read a simple, accurate description of the size
and distances of the planets when the Earth is modeled by a
On that scale small stars like our sun are the size of basket balls and
separated in mostly empty space by thousands of miles. Galaxies
unimaginably larger collections of 100s of billions of such
balls all equally remote. It turns out we know nothing of this
-- our universe -- based on our everyday experience. For overall
this place is not comfortably warm and solid like the world we walk day
in and day out but cold (only 3 degrees above absolute zero) and empty
(the most nearly perfect vacuum).
Astronomy and its speculative cousin Cosmology
have filled in the details for me and I have enjoyed following their
-- both history and discovery -- all my life. Once as a teen I
to be an astronomer and entered the University of Virginia to
pursue that dream. I ended up taking another course not
unrelated -- philosophy. I still enjoy capturing light from
suns and showing it to other curious eyes and minds and explaining to
what we know. I have a 4-1/4" f/4 newtonian reflector, a
4-1/4" f/10 newt. and a
f/8 newt. with which to do this. The short 4" can be
or used on a sturdy camera tripod. The long 4" and 6" can either
be used on a Polaris German Equatorial mount driven in R.A. and battery
powered. I am a member of the Columbus
Astronomical Society of Columbus, OH and sometime volunteer at Perkins
Observatory in Delaware, OH.
Since visual observing and public
is my main interest, light
and its impact on the visibility of the heavens is my main concern.
is my astrographic page.
is my ATM page.
are some links to other astronomical web sites.
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