Background: I was born in Germany (father was stationed overseas) and I currently live in the southwestern United States. My career titles include Research Meteorologist, Operations Research Analyst, and Computer Scientist - the latter being my current title. I am a senior scientist for a large company where my work includes research, analysis and software development. My hobbies together with astronomy include computer programming, bodybuilding, and martial arts.
Astronomy Interest: Reading a book that my dad showed me simply titled "Astronomy" from cover to cover when I was 10, I have a long love of astronomy. Of course, at the time I didn't understand most of it :) For years after, I would just observe the night sky with binoculars or a small telescope that our family had. I did my first "real" astrophotography in 1996, when I used a 35mm SLR camera to take photos of Comet Hyakutake. Later, I would buy a 10" dobsonian for viewing, and within a week was taking pictures through the eyepiece for fun. Within a few more weeks, I knew I wanted to get serious with astro-imaging. The history of this can be seen starting with the
Solar System area of this site...I then progressed to
Deep Sky Objects (DSO) which is where my primary interest lies. In the
Equipment section of this site, you can see my upgrades throughout this venture.
Oh, I still have the "Astronomy" book :)
That's enough about me. Hope you enjoy the site, and please feel free to send me an email (jeffj_alias-astro at yahoo dot com), even if just to say hello.
Best regards always,
Rating for my location (i.e., my backyard) :(
|6||5.1 - 5.5||Bright, suburban sky.||MW only apparent overhead and appears broken as fainter parts are lost to sky glow.||M31 is detectable only as a faint smudge; Orion Nebula is seldom glimpsed.||Zodiacal light is not visible. Constellations are seen and not lost against a starry sky.||Clouds anywhere in the sky appear fairly bright as they reflect back light.||Sky from horizon to 35 degrees glows with grayish color. Ground is well lit.|
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