Years lived in Ohio: I’ve lived here in Northeast Ohio since
1991. I was
born and raised in Arizona where I was spoiled with clear skies and
weather. Although it is cloudy here I’m lucky to set up once a week in
my back yard. With my busy work and home schedule I can’t get out as
as there are clear nights.
Profession (day job): By day I’m an electrical engineer.
Years with the club: Since 1997.
Club positions held: I have been web master the longest, I have
past President, Secretary and the Observatory Coordinator.
Years observing: I’ve been seriously observing since 1996. I
with my unaided eye all the time growing up in Arizona. I guess I took
the night sky for granted. I told myself then that someday, when I had
the time, I would get a telescope and better understand what was up
After living in large light polluted cities of San Jose, Chicago and
it was nice to see the stars again in my new Louisville, OH location
of 5.3). I’m not getting any younger so I made the time. For Fathers
in 1996 I received a 4.5 inch Newtonian telescope to better
what was up there and I am still trying to figure it out.
Formal astronomy training: None.
Special projects: Maintaining the WCAC web page, Astronomy
merit badge councilor, point of contact for the
Deep Sky Observing, Variable Star and Meteor Watches special interest
Scopes presently owned: I presently use a Celestron 11 inch
SCT as my main scope with an Orion 100mm ED f/9 refractor as a
setup scope for casual observing, a 16 inch Meade Lightbridge
known as the "Water Tower" ( named after its predecesor, a 13.1 inch
dob A.K.A. the "Water Heater" that is now a club scope) for deep space
and public viewing and a Celestron 80 mm F5 refractor for viewing
with a video camera attached. When asked 'how many scopes do you need'
I refer them to Ed Ting's article and review of the Coulter in scopereviews.com
Type of observing most interested in; Variable star observing
as an observer (CWO) with the AAVSO. This is followed by deep space
with an occasional planet thrown in. Meteor showers are always
as well. The public star watch programs are always fun to participate
Visions for the club: I see the new Astronomy Education
Building and The
Wilderness Center as a great asset to the clubs charter of promoting
knowledge and enjoyment of astronomy among our club members, our parent
organization - The Wilderness Center and the Northeast Ohio Community
large. I would like to see the club continue to help individuals
new to the hobby gain experience as well as helping experienced
continue their interests and explore new areas of the hobby.
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