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Burke, VA
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Member since:

July 24, 2012


How did you become interested in astronomy?

I have been interested in space as long as I can remember. I majored in astronautical engineering in college where I also took several astronomy courses. I am currently working on my masters degree in the same field with a focus on orbital mechanics . My current active interest in observation began on the night of the Lunar eclipse that took place in December.

What is your favorite or most memorable place you have stargazed from?

I have always enjoyed the views from Joshua Tree National Park in California. My boyscout troop would do a rock-climbing trip there twice a year. One year, one of the adults brought a telescope and we had a chance to observe Saturn. I am also a fan of my parents' house near San Pedro. The light pollution can be pretty bad, but the view of the eastern horizon is unobstructed. I have had a chance to observe Mercury on a few occasions, which is always really exciting.

Do you use ever use optical equipment for stargazing?

Not currently. Once I start working full time, I hope to start saving money for a telescope.

Have you taken any astrophotos, and if so, what equipment (35mm, DSLR, CCD camera)?

I've taken some pictures with just my Nikon and a 18-55 mm lens, mostly of solar system bodies. Even with heavy light pollution, I've managed to get stuff around magnitude 8 or so. I've been doing a lot of experimentation with image stacking and processing, but I still have a lot to learn.

Do you use any astronomy software?

I love Stellarium. I can just sit at my computer and play with it all day.


Hi, I'm Jackson. I am located in southern California until mid-january, when I will be moving to Virginia to start work. I'm excited for the move and can't wait to meet new people.

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