• Member since October 2010
  • 2 contributed posts
About stargazerreed

I've been an amateur astronomer most of my life, starting when my mother bought me a small telescope when I was 12 years old (55 years ago now).  I grew up in Southern California where the weather was seeming always good, and did a lot of planetary observing and imaging, and deep sky observing. 

After a 4 year hitch in the USAF, I returned home in 1970 and joined with the newly started Ventura County Astronomical Society, eventually serving in various positions including secretary, VP, and President.  Chet Bart, Charles Townsend, and I got the VCAS Astro Imaging Conference started, incorporated the club, and watched it grow.  During this time I submitted a few articles on film astroimaging to Astronomy, which were  published.

I moved to the Los Angeles area and worked for Celestron as their customer service manager from 1976 through the end of 1978.  It was a great job and I loved the work - plus Celestron was a very well run company - but I ended up moving on for personal reasons and the commute to and from my new home in Riverside County was getting to be brutal.

In 1988 I moved my family to the Denver, Colorado area and have lived here since that time.  The weather patterns are not nearly as favorable as they were in California, so I don't get to do as much observing as I did previously, however my interest has always remained strong.  For the last 15 years I've managed to take 'observing' vacations back in California at my in-law's home near Yosemite NP and relish these 7 to 10 day getaways under dark, clear skies.

Profile Details
Birthday: 0001-01-01 00:00:00
Gender: Male
Language: English
Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


Receive news, sky-event information, observing tips, and more from Astronomy's weekly email newsletter. View our Privacy Policy.

Find us on Facebook