My childhood interest in Astronomy was re-kindled in October 2003 when I peeked through a friend's telescope during the 2003 Mars opposition. That was the first-ever time I looked through a real telescope. Allowing myself to be overcome with the "fever", I bought my first ever telescope, a 6-inch Orion Deep Space Explorer (a dobsonian), and now I am on my way to becoming a true deep-space astronomer, wife and funds permitting.


  • Telescope: 6" Orion DSE (dobsonian)
  • Eyepieces: 26mm & 10mm plossls, 17mm Highlight plossl, and a 2x Orion Ultima Barlow
  • Planetary filter set (6 piece, Celestron)
  • Crude home-made setting circles
  • Logitech QuickCam Pro (only lens was removed, long exposure modifications to circuit board were not done.)
  • Canon Powershot A95
  • Canon Digital Rebel XT


  • AstroInfo PalmPilot application (I use with setting circles)
  • Cartes du Ciel sky chart program
  • K3CCD image aquisition software to use with web cam
  • RegiStax image processing and stacking software
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • SkyView Cafe - a neato web based Java app