Hal Jandorf teaches astronomy at Moorpark College (32 years) and Los Angeles Valley College (15 years). He is an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotograper and is a lecturer at Moorpark Observatory for popular public programs. Hal is a Past-President of the Ventura County Astronomical Society and he published a book “Experiences in Astronomy” (Kendaall-Hunt Pub co.). He spends weekends using his telescopes in the desert relaxes under the dark skies.
Darren Bly has been an amateur astronomer for 45 years and a member of The Kern Astronomical Society for 38 years. He has acted as President, Vice President, Star Party Coordinator and Equipment Chairman for the KAS and loves to talk about and teach astronomy.
Mike Ryan is a lifelong amateur astronomer and longtime aerospace engineer. A former astronomy staffer for Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco, Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, and the College of San Mateo, he combines a great fund of scientific and analytic knowledge with an engaging delivery that draws in and thrills the listener, followed by opportunities for questions and answers.
Fred Lusk is a consulting civil engineer by day and an active amateur astronomer by night. He has served on the board of the Central Valley Astronomers in Fresno since 2001, including four years as club president. He currently serves as 2nd Vice President. Mr. Lusk has published a wall calendar for the club every year since 2003 (see www.cvafresno.org).
Alex McConahay has been an amateur photographer for more than forty years. He has been an amateur astronomer for almost twenty. He has taken night time images in many parts of the world. Some of his work (and his travels) can be found on his website at alexastro.com. Alex is a former schoolteacher and high school principal. He is married (with two grown sons) and lives in Moreno Valley, California.
The Central Valley Astronomers was established over 50 years ago as a group of astronomy enthusiasts who come together to teach each other and share their knowledge. Some are actual astronomers while most are amateurs who have studied astronomy for many years.
Michael Joshua Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)has caused a lot of undue confusion with his name, so he goes by M. Josh Roberts. Josh is part of the planetarium content creation team for the California Academy of Sciences and has developed live content for venues across the museum and beyond. He has been doing amateur astronomy for half his life and got his degree in astronomy from San Francisco State University (Go Gators!). Between the SFSU observatory and Leuschner observatory in the Berkeley hills, Josh has experienced both the operational/maintenance side of running an observatory as well as assisting students and the public with making observations and learning about what they see. Youth education and inspiration is one of his major foci, so the ongoing development of portable planetarium curriculum and youth astronomy programs has been a high priority. Through Project ASTRO, Astronomy From the Ground Up, Superhero Physics, and MySky programs he is trying to learn new ways of sharing his passion for science through astronomy and humor. One of Josh’s life goals is trying to amass an omnibus of the worst jokes in astronomy and you can help! (tinyurl.com/astrojokes) Non-astronomical hobbies include home-brewing, games of the tabletop variety and historical societies.
Jeremy Evans is Cinematographer and Still Photographer with a degree in Film and Video Production. When not working on television shows and documentaries, Jeremy spends up to seventy nights a year working from his tent in the backcountry. He's either avidly photographing or leading backpacking trips. Most of his images are captured from high and remote places off the beaten path. Come see his rare photos and videos from Sequoia and Kings Canyon and many other national parks.
Wally Pacholka having photographer the night sky for over 50 years, has been a pioneer in the art of landscape astro-photography. His images of the night sky over America's National Parks have graced the pages of many major publications like National Geographic, TIME Magazine, LIFE Magazine etc... and even NASA has published over 50 of his images. He is a member of the international Night Sky Photo Team TWAN, The World at Night, who have photographed the night sky over the landmarks of every continent.
The Riverside Astronomical Society (rivastro.org) conduct more than 60 outreaches a year, taking telescopes to schools, scout troops, and local malls. Thousands of people have looked through their scopes at the wonders of the heavens. They will bring specially filtered (and safe) telescopes that show the "orange-peel" texture and "cool" spots on the sun, and the spectacular "flames" more than 100,000 miles high that leap from its side.
Khaled Alkotob is a semi retired Professional photographer. A graduate of Fresno State in journalism and computer science. After building the Antikythera mechanism, he joined the Central Valley Astronomers whose goal is an outreach program to share his knowledge about the stars and the planets.
Terry Himes has his BS degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University with a Minor in Systems Analysis. He worked on his MS degree at Temple University until an opportunity to start up his own software company in 1979, called Princeton Networks Corporation. He began working on Deep Space projects in 1990 when the Mars Observer spacecraft was being built at the GE Space Center in Princeton, NJ. At JPL Terry is the Mission Planning and Sequence Team Lead for Rosetta mission and part of the Spacecraft Team on Dawn. Terry was the Sequence Team Lead for the next Mars mission, Insight, now due to launch in 2018.