Ray  Kunert

Raymond  (Ray) Kunert 
Wetumpka AL


10-inch Meade SCT LX200 GPS
Meade LXD55 refractor
Takahashi Sky 90 refractor

 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.