Profile: Mardon

Personal background
I'm retired and live in Logy Bay, Newfoundland. For over 70 years I've been interested in the stars and things extraterrestrial. I owned my fist telescope as a pre-teen. It was an inexpensive 4" reflector, mounted on an equatorial mount and equipped with a selection of lenses, including a Barlow. I can still recall the excitement of that scope and the first time I used it to look at the great spiral nebula in Andromeda (M 31). I also remember the thrill of the first time I used it to project sunspots on a piece of paper. I was hooked! Today I have a Celestron NexStar 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain and a Skywatcher Star Adventurer for my dSLR. I read science fiction and love StarTrek. Yea, I know, pretty sad for a 74+er isn't it? I was studying engineering at Ohio State University in the early 1960s and a student of Prof. John D. Kraus. Professor Kraus had designed and built OSU's large radio telescope known as the "Big Ear". That was the first time I'd thought about the possibility that radio waves from other sentient beings might reach earth. Now I'm helping SETI@Home to see if they can find any. I decieded to join after I bought a more powerful computer that I felt had enough computing power to make it worthwhile to join. SETI@Home is just a continuation of a life-long interest. My home page at tells a lot more about me. My JustPhotos website at shows images from another one of my interests, photography.
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