My name is Tom Beck and after 50 years running a technology company have finally gotten the opportunity to indulge my childhood fascination with wonders of the universe. Opportunities for continuous learning on theoretical and practical aspects of astronomy and astrophotography seem endless. That education began with purchase of an 8 inch reflector and soon developed into a fairly powerful addiction that is helping to burn off our children's inheritance. It is also easy to get excited about sharing the stunning and humbling wonders of the universe with others of all ages.
HD10 Home Dome
Obsession 18 Inch UC Telescope
Orion 60 mm Guide Scope
HD15 Home Dome
Obsession 22 Inch UC Telescope
Stellarvue 80 mm Guide Scope
Jupiter (Largest Solar System planet with 11 times the size, 317 time the mass, and 5.2 times the distance to the Sun compared to Earth)
Tough night of observing on the second floor bedroom deck
Normal look of an unfinished prefab cabin
This section includes various papers and spread sheets developed to aid in pursuit of my interest in astrophotography. Spread sheets developed from public sources for multiple stars, deep sky objects, and planetary nebula have be modified to show meridian transit altitude and time for a location specified by observation site input parameters.