Yee became interested in practical astronomy when his uncle showed him
the sun through a Dobsonian solar telescope he had built.
Wanting to be able to see the universe for himself, at the age of
10, Peter along with his parents took John Dobson's class at the
Lawrence Hall of Science and completed an 8" Dobsonian that has given
him many nights of enjoyment through the years. The only problem
with the telescope is it's size, so he was thrilled to win the
refractor at the AANC-CON.
Peter also took John's introductory astronomy class the following year
at the Albany Adult School. Peter's current work is a project
at RSA Security in San Mateo and was previously an engineer at NASA Ames Research Center.
The Stellarvue Nighthawk is living up to it's name where just last weekend he observed in Eastern Nevada.
"It was a real pleasure for me to attend and I look forward to being more involved in astronomy once again.
I'm joining SFAA and SJAA, living as I do between the two."
In 1998 Milvia Ossoinak was visiting the old Griffith Observatory with a
friend during one of her many world wide sojurnes.
As a memory souviner gift to herself she bought a little blue book. It
just happened to be the Peterson Field Guide to the Stars and Planets.
Two years later after many trips she opened a suitcase that had been in
storage and thought it might be a good read
for bedtime. What Milvia found out, that contrary to thinking it would
put her to sleep, she set her alarm depending on what was up! Well,
from that point on she was hooked. Mastering many languages and arts
including music, she became fascinated with the idea of making her own telescope.
She signed up for John Dobson's class at Dominican College 8 years ago
but they were already 6 weeks into the class. Not giving up,she
enlisted John to help her finish her mirror. Milvia found it an
amazing experience making something so useful with her own hands under
John's tutelage. She was truly amazed to win the wonderful 2"
William Optics Swan 40mm eyepiece. It will get lots of public
astronomy use. Thank you.
Christain became interested in Astronomy when he was eight years old
while watching the Disneyland show on the future.
Everything about space fascinated me. I started going to SFAA
meeting in 1995. Danny volunteered at the Astronomical Society of the
Pacific for 1 1/2 years, working for the Astronomer George Musser.
Danny has been working with Project Astro for the 5th and 6th grades
for the last eight years. He is currently volunteering at three
grammer schools, where he holds four to 12 classes each and give the
kids an astronomy party at the end of the year.
Danny was amazed to receive Maxim DL as a gift from the kind folks at Apogee Instruments.
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