Tom loves astronomy
It all started when I was at Columbian High School in Tiffin Ohio. I fell in love with anything in the sky. Planes, stars, spacecraft, you name it. The astronomy bug hibernated for nearly 20 years while I was in the USAF and at Lockheed Martin.
When I finally graduated from college in 1997, Judy bought me a Celestron FS114 First Scope as a graduation gift.
Little did she know that she had thrown gasoline on a smoldering fire.
By late 1998 I had graduated to a Meade 10" f10 LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain.
I have recently developed an interest in CCD astro-imaging. I purchased a Santa Barbara Instruments Group (SBIG) ST-5C CCD imager. Check out my Astro Images page. I will be constantly adding to it as images become available.
The LX200 is one heck of a scope. It is completely computer controlled. During the winter months, I wimp out and run the whole show from my den. With the CCD imager and a bunch of wires, I can control the scope and the camera while watching what the scope sees all from my desktop computer.
During the summer months, I like to take the scope up to our property in the mountains. Since we added power to the property, this electricity hungry setup works like a champ. This next summer I plan to do some serious imaging up there.