Lobe of gas expelled from Eta Carinae - photo by Rick Boozer: January 2009

Hi all!

Again it has been awhile since I last updated this website. The work involved with obtaining my Master's in astrophysics (which I completed in November of 2009) coupled with my part-time job and personally conducted astronomical research have all consumed my time.

In April at the 2009 Southern Star Astronomical Conference I gave a presentation of the most spectacular deep space images that I have obtained while doing research with some of Tzec Maun Observatory's remotely located robotic telescopes that I operate from my suburban home in Greer, South Carolina, USA. These telescopes are in New Mexico and Australia, being at a distance of 2000 and 10,000 miles from my home, respectively.

It was an honor for me to speak before the above mentioned assembly of both amateur and professional astronomers, particularly considering that the other speakers included such prominent astrophysicists as Dr. Carolyn Shoemaker (of Comet Shoemaker/Levy fame), Dr. Chris Mullis and Dr.Richard Gray. It appears that my talk and presentation was a success and I have been invited to give it again at the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club in Charlotte, NC on August 21, 2009. If you can make it, please attend.

The above image was made using one of the Tzec Maun Observatory telescopes in Australia. It shows a lobe of gas expelled by an enormous star called Eta Carinae. This star is around 200 times more massive than our own Sun, which in turn is hundreds of thousands of times more massive than the Earth! Eta Carinae is very unstable and could bring forth a massively explosive supernova at anytime. If that happens people living in the southern hemisphere would be able to see it in the daytime with their unaided eyes!

As I've said in earlier posts, I've seen too many people buy what they think is a great telescope without realizing they got a poor deal for their money. If you or someone you know is considering the purchase of a telescope, don't do it until you get the knowledge you need. Just click on the link in the left panel labeled Amateur Astronomy (A Guide) and then go to the section titled How to choose a telescope.

There are still free scientific software downloads and project details available on this site. Again, see the links in the left panel.

I created this website as a public service to show young students and curious adults that science can be fun! It is my hope that you truly enjoy this website.

ADDENDUM: The talk at the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club went well.

ADDENDUM: I will be giving my astrophotography presentation yet again, but this time at Hollywild zoological park near Inman, SC on February 6, 2010. The following links will bring up a couple of my images from that presentation that were shot with Tzec Maun Observatory instruments located in New Mexico and Australia. North America Nebula and Pelican Nebula and Galaxy NGC 4945.

If you wish to know about some of my past activities, click here to read earlier introductory posts that I have made on this website.

 Rick Boozer can be contacted here.