Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
July 24, 2012
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.
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.
Not currently. Once I start working full time, I hope to start saving money for a telescope.
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.
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.