Education and Outreach

A big part of our mission is education and outreach

Preparing for visual observing

Meeting at NASA/JPL

Youtube video on how to capture solar images

Solar event at local school

Presenting Astronomy on a Cruise ship

School event

EAA Star Party with Live feed to TVs

May 15 2022 Total Eclipse from Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale

I've been studying astronomy for 5 decades, and I'm still learning new things every week.

I have been doing volunteer astronomy presentations and star parties since 1990.  My work and equipment is self-funded, though I occasionally do paid private and corporate events.

I am available for local in-person or remote virtual presentations. 

Currently, I'm on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Astronomical Society, as well as a member of the Astronomical League (Master of Outreach), the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, and a NASA Solar System Ambassador.  

Showing M42 at an EAA event

View from the North Rim, Grand Canyon star party

Public Outreach Events

All events are WEATHER PERMITTING, and can be cancelled the day of the event if clouds are expected.

Upcoming public events

Pinnacle Peak Park

I have been doing star parties for the City of Scottsdale at Pinnacle Peak Park since 1998. 
Pinnacle Peak Park star parties and full Moon hikes:

Phoenix Astronomical Society Public Star Parties and related events:

NASA Solar System Ambassador page:

We are excited to be pioneering a new chapter in astronomy outreach with EAA! Electronically Assisted Astronomy is where you attach a digital camera to the telescope and project the live image onto a PC screen or monitor for group viewing.  To learn more about EAA check out my YouTube video here

Star Parties at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Arizona

I am the resort Astronomer for the Four Seasons Scottsdale.   The following events generally start as soon as it is dark and last 1.5-2 hours depending upon guest traffic. If you plan to attend, please take advantage of the resort's many amenities and enjoy the bar or one of the restaurants

January 2023 dates: 5, 10 (in south Pacific for the rest of the month!) starting at 7PM

February dates: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 starting at 7PM

March dates: 8, (away in Antarctica), 28, 30

April dates: 5, 7, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 27

May dates: 2, 3, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

June dates: 1, 3, 6, 8, 20, 22, 26, 29

Grand Canyon Star Party 2023

The world's largest annual star party, the GCSP happens on both the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon.  The south rim event is much larger with typically over 50 telescopes. I however prefer the north rim event which is more remote, higher  altitude, darker, and a better view to the south.  In June 2022 I was set up on the north rim Lodge veranda doing solar activities in the afternoon and night time events after dark.

Due to a May 17th water main break and subsequent closure of all rooms and cabins on the north rim, in June 2023 I will be presenting on the SOUTH RIM from June 10-15. For the first time, I'll be doing EAA!  I hope to be doing Solar in the afternoons as well (showing the Sun through a special solar telescope).  Hope to see you there!

June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Live EAA iPhone photos of the California Nebula, Helix Nebula, and North America/ Pelican nebulas taken at EAA events

Getting Started in EAA

How to Process Solar Images

How to Capture Great Solar Images

Using NAFE in Solar Imaging

Educational Articles

Some examples of educational articles  I have published:

Learn the astronomical reason why barns are red.

How do we classify asteroid impact risk?

What is the fate for black holes?

Learn how to easily refute anyone who doubts we went to the Moon.

You'd think astronauts wouldn't have pre-launch superstitions...

What is the distinction between Astronomy and Astrology?

How can we find exoplanets from Earth?

Learn the mystery of the Trapezium.

A popular observing target has a hidden secret.

What kinds of stars are best to host life?

The Shape of the Milky Way Is Not What You Think

Observing the Sun in white light vs hydrogen alpha

Onboard the Celebrity Equinox

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