If you are
looking for something not offered on our web-site, I am interested
in hearing from you. I've been designing and manufacturing parts
for telescopes has been an over 20 year endeavor. Send a sketch
or dimensioned drawing, even just describe your need and if
feasible you'll receive a price and delivery quote based on
time and materials.
involved in amateur astronomy for over 40 years. I bring my
experience designing and manufacturing telescope parts for customers
and friends, and introducing newcomers to the hobby.
I am most proud of time spent in the hobby with daughter, seeing
her interest in astronomy grow, and how it gave her a curious
mind. She always had her hands on the telescope and became widely
known after my report about her as The
Messier Monster appeared on Sky
and Telescope's September 2000 magazine cover. Mimi at age
10 was pushing me off my 20" telescope so she could play
with the big kids. She wanted increasingly bigger telescopes
- "an inch a year" - which quickly got out of hand.
Now she's raising her own Messier Monster.
I now spend
time at dark skies with an 18" telescope, and use the 10"
seen here on the Kydex Light Baffles
page from home near San Francisco California.
a member of numerous astronomy clubs, and current membr of the
Fremont Peak Observatory Association.
I've been on club's boards of directors, and club president.
help of friends I began two regional star parties in Californian
during the 1990's: the Golden
State Star Party (started in the mid-90's as the Mount Lassen
Star Party), and little "under the radar" CalStar.
Both star parties continue, hosted by our (now incorporated)
mailing list, which we began cobbling together with rudimentary
programming in 1993. That list became The Astronomy Connection
as we "TACos" call it. TAC still lives after all these
new moon weekends, as one observer says "on the mountaintops."
I am very
fortunate to have friends with big telescopes in very dark skies
away from California's big city light domes. I also get to spend
time at Lick Observatory, both as an employee and volunetter
for their programs.
Astronomy has been and continues to be my most passionate hobby
TAC, I am involved with Adventures
In Deep Space, and the NGC/IC
Project. My favorite astro-trip
was in 2005, taking my 10" telescope to Chile. Observing
there was documented
by Ray Cash. The other great trip was to West Texas, to visit
the McDonald Observatory and tour it with the chief astronomer,
arranged by my friends Jimi Lowrey and Steve Gottlieb.
Finally, I enjoy being able to write astronomy content, specifically
what to observe, for a major astronomly manufacturer and woldwide
distributor. I consider myself lucky.
is a wonderful life long interest. Building parts for other
amateurs is the cherry on top!