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About

 

ABOUT THE EARTHBOUND ASTRONOMER

I'm usually the one behind the lens, so please forgive the overt "selfie" nature of this photo. Also, the hair is rather short these days as you will see in upcoming posts so expect a new "about" photo in the coming month.

I'm usually the one behind the lens, so please forgive the overt "selfie" nature of this photo. Also, the hair is rather short these days as you will see in upcoming posts so expect a new "about" photo in the coming month.

Hello.  My name is Dawn Davies. I am an amateur astronomer, a science educator, a creator, a geek, a wife, a mother and a nine to fiver. Most of all I'm a lover of dark nights and clear skies.

I currently wield a 152mm Explore Scientific refractor, a 80mm explore scientific triplet refractor, a 115mm Explore scientific Reflector (are you sensing a theme here?), a 10" Orion Intelliscope and a pair of 9x60 Oberwerk binoculars. From time to time you might find me toting my 60mm celestron refractor, AFFECTIONATELY named "The Rinky Dink". It was my very first telescope and while it has seen better days, it is a fantastic piece with which to teach and take on outreach OUTINGS.

On the observing field I am never without my eyepiece case of Explore Scientific beauties, my Celestial Teapot Planisphere and my arsenal of maps, charts and apps. When the sun is up or the clouds are out you can usually find me out and about with my seven year old son.  We are active members of BPSA frequenting many local parks and trails.  

Each month you can spot me at the North Door attending Astronomy on Tap and on occasion I can be found paddling about Town Lake or running its trails.  However, it is safe to say if anything of an astronomical/scientific nature is occurring in and around Austin, I'm probably there.