8" f/5 NEWT
Walker stands proudly next to his telescope array, which is
comprised of a Orion 80ED f/7.5 APO refractor, and homebuilt 70mm guide scope
atop an Atlas EQ-G mount.
in February of 2007 when our astronomical WebHub caught the
attention of a newcomer to the area by the name of Curt Walker a
GIS Analyst, freelance photographer, and budding amateur astronomer.
Curt sent me an email at that time expressing a great desire
to engage with amateurs and astronomical groups to further enhance his knowledge in the subject.
In response, I provided Curt with a list of astronomical clubs
and societies in the area. Though the VSC-2 is not a full fledged astronomical society
in the least, I had the pleasure to meet Curt via an invitation to come
over to my home for a chance to look through my just completed 10"
f/5.6 Fork Mounted Newt. Curt had never look through a telescope of that
aperture. Once he did, and from that point on, as Curt would
say, "I created a monster". And what a monster indeed! Since
that pleasurable observing session, this young man has
accomplished tremendous feats
in amateur astronomy among other accolades. In accomplishing this level
in the area of astrophotography in such a limited amount of
time, we here at the VSC commend his achievements by showcasing
just a smidgen of his work. Please click on the
button above to see what we mean.
Curt's skills continue to improve exponentially. Currently, he
is working on a fantastic project. The construction of an 8" f/5
Newtonian Astrograph, which will be utilizing a
R. F. Royce mirror set.
Please click on the
button to go to Curt's own website showcasing the ongoing
construction process of this fine instrument. According to Curt,
it is slated to be completed around the end of the year.
potent member of the
Observatory observers group
(owned by Dennis
Farr) in Dade
City, FL, Curt has firmly established himself as a resource in
DSO imaging. He always seeks more and more
knowledge in the feel and shares it to help others.
Please join us here at the Vega Sky Center in congratulating
this young man, Mr. Curt Walker, in the achievements he has
attained as an astrophotographer and ATM.