As far back as I can remember I was drawn to the sky. The first thing I did when I went outside was to look up, it didn’t matter if it was day or night. My parents noticed this and set me up with binoculars and a small Velbon tripod. I started sketching images of the moon, constellations, Jupiter, etc. I saved my snow shoveling money and at age 12 purchased a small newtonian on an equatorial mount. Those were the days, 1975 or thereabout so no Go To, GPS, or any of the nicities we have today. I learned a lot about the sky at a young age but I ran in to a few problems, our family moved to California and shortly after I discovered girls, the beach, and snow skiing. Next was college, marriage, kids, start and run a business, and all of the other day to day stuff we face as young adults. The old telescope was broken by one of the kids (I still don’t know who) so I was out of the hobby during this time. About 35 short years after the first scope I picked up a new telescope and started back in the hobby. Little did I know that the Meade ETX-125 would lead to what I am doing now. See my equipment list page, I am told by those in the know that this list will continue to grow! Thankfully my wife is cool with it and I don’t get too much grief when she sees me leaving for OPT!
AP is not my only interest, I recently did a body off restoration of a 1967 VW Beetle. I did the entire restoration except for the transaxle (have you seen what’s inside that case, Yikes!) and pressing the ball joints. The body work and paint was by far the most difficult as painting is a skill that has to be repeated often to maintain that “touch”. It came out great and it is on the road even though I have some minor items to adjust/repair.
I want to thank my wife for all of her support in all of my hobbies. I also want to thank Larry, Chris, and Eric at OPT for the great advice and customer service.
I hope you enjoy the site and I will be updating the pages as new images roll in.