Hi, I'm called Starman, ( Tommy Hartline ) I'm living in Keene Texas but was raised in Richland Hills Texas. I've been looking up (day or night) ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, then one day I got a 3" refractor for my birthday. I don't even know what brand it was...I'm sure it was a Tasco, that's been about 30-40 years ago. But I do remember the first time I saw a planet, It was Saturn rising out of the east. We were taking turns slapping mosquitoes off of our arms one hot summer ( bored I guess) and looking thru the scope and it happened to be my turn to look and not slap so I took a peek. And there it was, a big yellow ball with rings around it, I said hey there really is stuff out there that's in my science book, and that's all it took for me to get addicted. I grew up watching Carl Sagan's Nova series over and over, that really set the hook deeper than ever. This site contains images I've taken over the years. Like fishing I kept the good-ens and threw out the bad-dens but mostly are all CCD images taken thru my SkyDesigns 14.5 dob,but now I'm using a celestron CPC8XL with GPS. Ive just recently been married and now I have a wonderful space pilot who I can share the wonders of space with.So hope ya enjoy your tour ...and stay on the path, don't know what that means but that's what they keep telling me! keep looking up but don't trip over the little critters in the dark.!
The picture above is me about to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon around June of 2000, its like the one on Mars but a little smaller! The one below I am at Meteor Crater in Barringer,Arizona. The wind blew a constant 20 to 30 mph there all the time, they said it just does that. They even got t-shirts that says "I survived the wind at meteor crater"....Astronomy is lookin up! !