2019 was a good year for Dorothy O’Neal and I.
Among our Astronomical adventures we achieved the following successes:
We scheduled our very first event of the year 2019, an Open House on January 20th to view the Total Lunar Eclipse and we invited the members of the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers and the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club to attend the event with us at our home here in Statesville, NC. We had clear sky and the eclipse was beautiful, but it sure was cold out with temperatures in the low 20’s. We had another Open House during the summer and were greeted with mixed sky, but the food was great and we had a great time with our many NC stargazing friends. Although the weather is not perfect here in the Carolinas, I still prefer it over Ohio’s climate & weather...
The Total Lunar Eclipse of January 20th, 2019
Alan Banner, Tim Slay, Ronnie Sherrill & Me at Mitchell College
Mercury Transit of November 2019
Dorothy, Me & Tim Slay at the McGuire Nuclear Center Ourtreach event
|Some of the more memorable outings include:|
In 2019 we remained members of the
We presented multimedia presentations
on the following topics:
Frames with a DSLR
I also presented 2 astrophotography seminars at the Beaver Public Library in Hickory, NC.
Dorothy donated 4 of her Home Made Astronomy Themed
quilts as doorprizes at the following events in 2019
Dorothy O'Neal at the Peach State Star Gaze in Georgia
The BEAST & Harvey the RV saw us through many adventures this year!!!
John O'Neal at the Peach State Star Gaze in Georgia
Ronnie Sherrill, President of the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers at Hanging Rock
Dorothy O'Neal working the table for the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers at Hanging Rock
Public outreach isn't all about outreach. We need to eat, too. Dorothy designated me as Camp Cook & bottle washer
Ron & Dorothy chatting at Doughton Park
I was proud to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the first Manned Moon Landing. I was interviewed by the Hickory, NC Record Landmark and several of my Moon images were hung and are still on exhibit in the Moon Landing Celebration Exhibit at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, NC.
In 2019 I had the following articles published in Charlie Warren’s AMATEUR ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE:
Appalachian Dark Sky Observartory outing with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club
Open House & Star Party with the NC Stargazers
Work Party at the Lucille Miller Observatory in Maiden, NC
The view from Doughton Park picnis area is SPECTACULAR!!!
And 2020 promises to be a good year, as well.
I’ve tentatively lined up some major speaking events thus far in 2020, as follows:
More in the works and more to come on our 2020 schedule as it develops…
My ISS Lunar Transit image was the AAPOD (Amateur Astronomy Picture Of the Day) Award Winning image for October 26th, 2019
|The Milky Way from Doughton Park|
I was fortunate to see 3 comets grace our skies in 2019. None were bright or had long tails, but I was overjoiced in simply seeing them, regardless.
|Our closest galactic neighbor, |
the Great Andromeda Galaxy from Mt. Mitchell Overlook
One of the quilts Dorothy made & donated to club events to be auctioned off
Lake James State Park with Ranger, Nora
Me & my iOprton at Lake James State Park, Paddy's Cree
One of many Parker Solar Probe Presentation I did in 2019
My stint as a NASA SOLAR
SYSTEM AMBASSADOR continued through 2019 so I’m sure I will be
scheduling more events to promote NASA and their upcoming/pertinent
initiatives in 2020.
My Lunar images on display at the
Catawba Science Center in Hickory, NC
Charlotte, North Carolina Skyline
Pam & Randy & Us at PSSG 2019
Pam & Randy & Us with James at PSSG 2019
Jeff & Me & Dorothy and Dave & Barry at the Worldwide Solstice Festival Event at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, NC
Ronnie Sherrill of the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers with Stella
the telescope at Hanging Rock in Statesville, NC
|While we dedicate a large portion of our lifes to astronomy outreach, we have our personal lives, too. A large portion of that time is dedicated to our Granddaughter, Brooklyn. She is the jewel of our lives and we spend every moment we can with her, watching her grow and become an awesome human being filled with positivity and light.|
Brooklyn's very first Total Solar Eclipse was enjoyed on NASA TV, live from Chile
In the fall, we enjoyed her soccer practices
Being a Halloween Baby, she represents THE Hallowed Day in STYLE!!!
Nothing throughout the entire year could compete with the smile of joy on her face at Grandma Dorothy's house at Christmas time
So, that's our 2019 summary. See y'all next year....