Arnold has been conducting a double star research program in
Flagstaff, Arizona since April 2001. He has previously published 23 double
star research papers in the Double Star Observer and 13 papers in the
Journal of Double Star Observations. Since this project began, he has
measured over 3,700 double and multiple stars, and has published a
combination of over 100 new double stars discoveries, or newly added
components to existing systems.
Richard Berry writes books and computer
software from his home on the wet western side of the Cascade Mountains in
Oregon. His books include The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing with
its AIP4Win software (with Jim Burnell), Build Your Own Telescope, The
Dobsonian Telescope, a Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture
Telescopes (with Dave Kriege), and The CCD Camera Cookbook (with Viekko
Kanto and John Munger)—all published with Willmann-Bell. You can find more
on his tests of the QSI 532ws plus pictures of Comet Holmes, etc., etc., on
his website at http://www.wvi.com/~rberry/index.html. And of course, he has
another couple of books percolating….
Robert Buchheim is a long time member of
the Orange County Astronomers and has been a Trustee and Corporate Secretary
of the OCA for several years. He is an experienced visual observer, a
mediocre astroimager, and an avid amateur scientist. He has published a few
sketches in Deep Sky magazine (if you go that far back!), presented papers
at RTMC (Riverside Telescope Makers Conference) and SAS (Society for
Astronomical Sciences), determined a handful of asteroid lightcurves that
have been published in the Minor Planet Bulletin, and provided modern
measurements of a few double stars that have been published in the Journal
of Double Star Observations. He has also published a few non-astronomical
papers in peer-reviewed journals. By day he is the General Manager of an
aerospace manufacturing facility. By night he is the astronomer-in-charge of Altimira Observatory (http://www.geocities.com/oca_bob).
His recently-published book, The Sky Is Your Laboratory is designed to
help amateur astronomers become backyard scientists.
Carlisle is a long time amateur telescope maker and inventor, whose
worst invention is published in Peter L Manly's Unusual Telescopes,
Cambridge University Press, pp 138-140, and best invention was patented in
1995--a true newtonian binocular telescope that is quite comfortable to use.
Jim has acquired an RCX400 Meade 14' and is using it in conjunction with
Russ Genet's classwork to aid student researchers. His most interesting
project to date has been the coordinated observation of Wasp 1b with Tom
Smith and Cindy Foote's observatory, resulting in a pending publication of
Kent Clark is the managing editor of the
Journal of Double Star Observations and a lifelong amateur astronomer.
He is also a professor of physics at the University of South Alabama. He
teaches the usual assortment of physics courses in addition to Introduction
to Astronomy, Astrophysics, and History of Astronomy.
(Starphysics Observatory, Reno) is a lifelong amateur astronomer and
one of the early practitioners of amateur spectroscopy. Gary is a software
designer and entrepreneur with a background in physics and a deep interest
in astronomical instrumentation. He is developing an automated astrophysics
observing system. Gary also teaches an annual seminar on spectroscopy at
Western Nevada College.
Richard Crisp is an electrical engineer with
over 30 years experience in integrated circuit design and development.
Having designed numerous microprocessors and memory ICs (high-speed DRAM and
SRAMs) he has over 17 US patents issued and several pending. Mr. Crisp was
the Chair of the Program Committee for the International Solid State
Circuits Conference for the year 2000 and ran the memory subcommittee and
was a member thereof for the prior nine years. His current research
interests are in image sensor and systems design and image sensor process
technology. He is an honors graduate from Texas A&M University and a member
of Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Eta Sigma. Mr. Crisp purchased his first telescope
in late 2000 and has been an active astro-imager since. In the prior seven
years he has played a major role in popularizing tricolor narrowband
emission line imaging, having written a definitive paper for the August 2005
Sky and Telescope on topic and more recently his paper on Stokes Parameter
imaging that appeared in the July 2007 issue of Amateur Astronomy.
Additionally, Mr. Crisp designs and constructs much of his imaging systems
in his workshop citing a dearth of appropriate hardware for his interests.
Thomas Frey is a Professor Emeritus of
California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since 1970,
his teaching has focused on organic chemistry and scientific glassblowing.
He has been interested in astronomy since childhood and has been an active
member of the Central Coast Astronomical Society for over 25 years. He
enjoys using his 18-inch Obsession reflector for visual observation and double
is Research Scholar in Residence at
Polytechnic State University, and Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at
College. The founder and former Director of the Fairborn Observatory, Russ
and Louis Boyd pioneered the development of robotic telescopes. Author of
several books on astronomy and telescope control, Russ was the 51st
President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
is President and Director of Engineering of both Technical Marine
Service (TMS), and Sidereal Technology. Dan founded
a marine controls company, in 1987, and Sidereal Technology in 2003. He has
innovatively developed many types of control systems for ocean-going vessels
as well as telescopes. An active telescope maker for 30 years, Dan created
and popularized the "string" telescope. www.SiderealTechnology.com,
Andrew Gould is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematical
and Physical Sciences at Ohio State University. He is the principle
investigator of the Microlensing Follow Up Network (MicroFUN), a
collaboration of approximately 30 amateur and professional astronomers
dedicated to finding extrasolar planets using gravitational microlensing.
MicroFUN has found 4 planets to date, including the first Jupiter/Saturn
"Solar System analog".
Vice President of PlaneWave Instruments. An avid amateur astronomer, Joe
started making optics in the early 1990s as an amateur telescope maker. He
eventually started his own optics company, Haberman Optics, and built a
reputation for making high quality, large aperture paraboloid mirrors. Joe
went on to become the master optician at Celestron before co-founding
PlaneWave Instruments in 2006 with Rick Hedrick.
Henden is the Director of the American Association of Variable Star
Observers (AAVSO) in Cambridge, MA. He is a professional observational
research astronomer, with interests in hardware (CCD cameras, spectrographs,
near infrared instrumentation), software (development of image processing systems and
instrument control interfaces) and pro-am collaborations, in addition to his
long-time love of variable stars. He has one textbook in print (Astronomical
Photometry, with Ron Kaitchuck) along with over a hundred refereed papers.
Jo Johnson is in his second year at
Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. He was enrolled in the astronomy research seminar at Cuesta
College this past fall. Jo is concentrating his astronomical research on
double stars, visual asteroids, and exoplanets, with five papers in the
field to his credit. He is currently co-chairing the 2008 Small Telescopes &
Astronomical Research (STAR) Conference in San Luis Obispo.
Eric Kopit is the Product Development
Manager at Orion Telescopes (in Watsonville, CA). He has worked in the
commercial astronomical telescope industry for almost two decades, and is an
experienced observer. He studied Physics and Astronomy at the University of
California at Santa Cruz.
Martin, a solar astronomer, is now President and Senior Scientist at Helio Research, a non-profit corporation founded in 1995 by
Sara and her
husband Douglas Martin along with other members of the board of directors.
Sara has conducted much of her recent research using the 10-inch Martin
telescope designed and built by Douglas, now retired from his former
company, Spectra Optics. Sara also conducts collaborative research with an
international team of solar astronomers who acquire data from an array of
ground-based and space-based solar telescopes. Two findings in which Sara
played a key role were the discovery of the counterstreaming in solar
prominences and the roll effect in erupting prominences. These findings
follow on earlier discoveries by Sara and colleagues showing that nearly
every feature on the Sun has chirality or handedness including sunspots.
Tom Osypowski is a long-time amateur astronomer, telescope maker and
owner of Equatorial Platforms, a manufacturing company in northern
California. As the name implies, the company specializes in the production
of Equatorial Platforms for Dobsonian Telescopes. Another product line
consists of all-Aluminum Newtonian Telescopes suited for advanced amateurs
and small university observatories. When he is not in his shop, Tom can be
found using his own telescopes, or on one of the local golf courses.
teaches introductory Astronomy at the University of Victoria, has automated
the UVic 0.5 meter telescope and has published articles on asteroids and
variable stars. His experience has shown that astrophysically interesting
work can be done by relatively untrained observers using small telescopes from
less than ideal astronomical sites.
is Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Sierra Monolithics. An avid
amateur astronomer, optical designer, and ATM, Dave has designed and
fabricated many telescopes, including a corrected Dall-Kirkham, a flat field
concentric Schmidt Cassegrain, and several Schmidt cameras and corrected
is the Director of the Dark Ridge Observatory in
Tom is a retired nuclear maintenance supervisor and senior software
programmer as well as an advanced amateur astronomer. Tom established the
Dark Ridge Observatory as a non-profit organization in Weed, New Mexico, and
has been working with students and faculty from several colleges and
universities as a mentor for CCD photometry and image data reduction. Tom
also conducts research on eclipsing binaries. www.DarkRidgeObservatory.org
Vera Wallen is a retired public school
district superintendent and teacher with 40 years experience in
education. She focused her career on leading special students to
achieve their full potential and maximizing faculty application of
the latest learning research. A life-long dreamer of space travel,
she took her first astronomy class from Russ Genet at Cuesta College in her 10th
year of retirement on the Central Coast.
Rich Williams has a lifelong passion for
doing astronomy. In 1996 he worked with the people at Torus
Precision Optics to develop an automated/robotic telescope system
while working for Microsoft. His telescope and the Torus Observatory
became the prototype for the company's advanced telescope
technology. In 1997 Rich left Microsoft to form Torus Technologies
with James and Tony Mulherin from Torus Precision Optics. As the
Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, Rich worked with
astronomers around the world on various projects and contributed
photometry and astrometry data when needed from his observatory in
Buckley, WA. Today Rich owns and operates the Sierra Stars
Observatory and automated/robotic system with a OMI 24-inch F/10
Classical Cassegrain telescope used commercially to provide time to
clients around the world. Rich is currently working on expanding the
Sierra Stars Observatory into a worldwide network of comparable