Comet Hale-Bopp photographed by Rick
Comet Hale-Bopp

Hi all!

For those who have never been here. I'm Rick Boozer, retired software engineer turned public speaker, writer and astrophysicist who teaches astronomy at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, SC.  If you are interested in my astronomical career, go to my Astro Maven blog:

As of late November, 2016,  there are two new apps that I have created: Automated Astronomical Object Feature Measurer and a newly updated version of a program that I originally wrote in 1998 called Altisight.  They are both free for downloading and you can get to their download pages by clicking the appropriate menu item in the left pane of this page.

You will see other new software for science hobbyists occasionally appear here added here as time permits.

I made the above image using a Tzec Maun Observatory instrument located in New Mexico. If you would like to see more images made by me, look at my online photo gallery. Any organization that wishes me to give a presentation and talk on a number of my most spectacular images should contact me here

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.

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.

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.