Level of accuracy: town of Baytown, Texas
I am 51 years old, married to my wife Dolly, and
have 2 great children – Jeremy & Stephanie. I work for ExxonMobil in Risk
Management. I’ve been there well over 30 years and am nearing retirement.
I was born in Houston Texas and have lived on the Gulf
Coast all of my life. We currently live in Baytown on Galveston Bay where
we enjoy a variety of boating hobbies from fishing to water skiing.
I have been
involved in many hobbies through the years but re-discovered astronomy in
2000. We were sitting in the back yard with friends enjoying a good
bottle of wine while watching the February 2000 Lunar Eclipse. I had the
usual cameras and binoculars to watch and document the event. As the
discussions (and wine) went on, I mentioned that when I retired that I
planned to get a nice telescope to enjoy the sky with. When asked why I
was going to wait until I retired, I didn’t have a good answer. The
next month I bought a new 10” LX-200. I searched around and found a local
star party where I was introduced to the locals and the astronomy clubs in
the area. I am now an active member of four clubs in the Houston area.
began to be more interested in astrophotography and sold the SCT for a 6”
Takahashi refractor and more stable mount to serve my purposes. I
now eagerly attend as many club meeting as I can and attend several
expeditions to dark sites with the clubs. One such star party is at Fort
McKavett in the spring and fall. The site is in central Texas at about
2100 feet elevation and is pretty darn dark. We camp among the ruins of
the old Fort for four days. We give a public star party for the locals on
Saturday night. I also have a great friend with a house in Ft. Davis
near the McDonald Observatory. I go there about four times a year for a
week at a time for some serious CCD imaging time.
Areas of interest
I really enjoy CCD imaging. I have tried film and the digital cameras but
now use the more sensitive CCD. I have shot a variety of objects from
planets to nebula to the large galaxies. My current focus is now the
smaller and more unusual galaxies that are out there. Therefore, I had to
upgrade my telescope again. This time – more aperture.
Sky & Telescope,
Images in a book on the Arp Galaxies and on the
cover of Classical music CD’s.
Cedar Bayou Observatory
29.74848 N, 94.96895 W
I currently have my scope
set up at my house in Baytown inside a 7’ clam shell dome for use. I
can’t go after the really faint stuff from here, but I can shoot the
occasional nova, occultations, planets, and other bright objects
I prefer to image in dark sites like Ft. Davis and the Hill Country. In
2003, we bought a lot in Stars End in New Mexico. It is just across from
the great New Mexico Skies location. It is so pretty there as well as
great for imaging that we have decided that we will retire there soon.
equipment can be seen at:
RCOS 14.5” telescope
It can be configured at either F/6, F/9, or F/15 as it has two secondary
mirrors that can be interchanged for specific tasks
mounted on top for wide field shots
CCD astro-camera with filter wheel and the AO-7 adaptive optics