Most of us have had some form of communication with you no doubt, but you remain a bit of a mystery to us. What is your role at iTelescope?
I am the General Manager of iTelescope. I handle the 1st level of support for iTelescope.Net, directing your support questions to the staff members that can best handle them, or answer myself if possible. I also handle marketing, hosting, the monthly newsletter and any other support I can give the group and members.
Running an international remote telescope organization must be quite a juggling act. What is a typical day for you?
My activities change quite frequently depending on the day. Most days though, begin with me catching up on support tickets from the evening before, monitoring systems in Siding Spring, and checking and opening the systems in Spain whilst watching for any support issues that may need my attention throughout the day.
What do you find most rewarding about working at iTelescope? The most challenging?
By far the most rewarding thing is when I see an APOD or a discovery made by our members on the systems. I love being a part of something that is helping shape our understanding of the universe.
The most challenging is understanding some of the things I've mentioned above. My background has always been in business management and telecommunications. I've always been interested in astronomy, but until coming to work with iTelescope, I never was deeply involved with the technical side of it.
Obviously you must have a love of the cosmos. Do you do astrophotography?
As much as I can! I own a very small telescope that I enjoy stargazing through with my children, but I do not own an imaging system. I try to get some time on the iTelescopes whenever possible, but I also do not like to take any premium time from our members! My wife and I have plans to invest in an imaging system some time in the future.
Okay, we all have a favourite ‘scope (mine is T7…or T11). Which is your favourite telescope?
I'm a big fan (as are many of our members!) of the Wide Field presented in T14, T12 and T20, but I am looking forward to spend some time on T24 in the near future!
We all have a planet, nebula or cluster that makes us say, “Wow.” What is your “wow” object?
I would have to say the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Something about the contrasting gasses just takes my breath away.
If you could put a telescope anywhere on Earth, where would it be?
I would have to say Hawaii. I keep begging Brad to open an Observatory there so I can go live on the island!
What is some advice you’d like to give iTelescope users?
The best advice I could give is use our resources. We have many fantastic Tutorials and FAQs, as well as a very helpful community on our Facebook Group page. You can save yourself a lot of time and points by planning your runs ahead of time using these tools.
What would you like to see more of from members?
Everything! I love the amazing thing our members do with the systems. I truly excited about the possibilities with T27's Spectroscope!
What did you want to be when you grew up? ;-)
So many answers to this question! I was a very big sports nut growing up, but I was also a full on "geek." At most times I was split between wanting to be an NFL football player, a science fiction writer, or a video game programmer.