10-inch Meade SCT LX200 GPS
Area(s) of special interest: Astrophotography
AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby?
RK: Just beginning the hobby.
AAS: What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy?
RK: I grew up in the space program, but always seemed to be busy with other things.
AAS: Tell us a little about your family members; spouse? kids? siblings? significant other?
RK: My wife's name is Ann and the kids are out on there own. Two kids and two gran kids.
AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal education?
RK: Melbourne High School, Melbourne, Florida. One year college in Dekalb County, Georgia.
AAS: Do you have any pets? What kind?; How Many?
RK: We have one 5yr. old Dalmation named Dixie.
AAS: Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation?; If you're still in school, have you chosen a career?
RK: I retired about 4 years ago after 28 years as a FireMedic (Fireman/Paramedic) with the Dekalb County Fire Dept. and the Montgomery Fire Dept.
AAS: Besides astronomy, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
RK: I race sailboats almost every weekend. I was competitive with fire arms for several years. I enjoy a round of golf when I get a chance. I also enjoy camping and fishing.
AAS: What was your first or favorite car?
RK: First car was a Buick Roadmaster 75. Most favorite was a 1971 Corvette 454 convertable. Fire engine red inside and out. I took out the 4spd. and replaced it with a racing 5 spd.
AAS: What was your first or most interesting job?
RK: Right out of High School, I was investagated and given a top security clearence. I did finished eng. drafting of the "L.E.M."
AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.
RK: Best was California for the National Square Dance Convention and Disneyland. The hardest would be the Pacific sailing crossing on a Santa Cruse 40' . 18 days, 2500+ nm. with two storms. The last of which gave us 52kts. of wind across the deck and 30' breaking seas.
AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of the U.S. or another country? Where?; When?
RK: I grew up and lived all over Florida.
I am looking
forward to learning as much as possible about telescopes and astrophotography.The
problem now is learning the Constellations.