With the number of observations from volunteer observers rapidly passing the 20,000 mark in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) database we thought it was time to meet some more of our dedicated observers. Here we interview Barbara Harris, Cliff Kotnik and Robert Jenkins and find out what motivates them and how they do their observing
Barbara Harris at home in her observatory
Barbara Harris carries out her observing at her home in Florida. After coming back from her holidays where she observed the recent eclipse she kindly answered some of our questions about her involvement in astronomy.
Can you tell me how you got hooked on astronomy?
I became interested in astronomy in high school when I was taking high school physics and Greek Mythology course. Every time I learned about a myth I wanted to go and find the constellation it was named after. My high school physics instructor was an amateur astronomer and showed me my first view of Saturn through the telescope. That really hooked me.
And where do you currently observe?
My husband and I have a 200 acre cattle ranch in Florida between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Being in a relatively dark ...