For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become an astronomer. I’m not quite sure what initially sparked my interest in astronomy. Maybe TV shows like Star Trek, movies like Star Wars (that I’d watch on replay), and a few middle school science projects added to the allure of space. I can also remember the inspiring childhood stories of my great grandfather working for Martin (prior to the Lockheed Martin merger) on the Gemini II capsule. It’s a shame that his life came to an end before I was born.

     When I was little, my grandparents would always take me with them on vacations. As often as we could, we stopped at different air and space museums during our travels. A few of which had Gemini capsules on display. Seeing these capsules would always bring up the topic of my great grandfather working on them during his years at Martin. The idea that someone related to me had even the slightest connection to “space exploration” made me want in on the action. I’m almost positive that these trips had a profound affect on my adolescent mind, and were a contributing factor that helped guide me into the world of astrophysics.

     I am currently a student at Florida State University, majoring in physics and astrophysics. Most of my days are spent sitting on the couch with a textbook in my lap studying for the next upcoming test. Whenever I get a chance (weather and studies permitting), I take my telescope out as often as possible. The results of my observations will be posted to this blog. I will also occasionally include other interesting posts to this blog that relate to the topic of astronomy in general.

My Equipment:

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT (5.11″ Newtonian Reflector)
Celestron 1.25″ Eyepiece and Filter Kit
Celestron Vibration Suppression Pads
Celestron AC Adapter
Zhummel Medium Telescope Case


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