Travels with John Dobson
You've come here to see the pictures
JD and possibly yourself.
Hope you can find them.
The first few are of our stop in
Buttonwillow Grammar School.
There, John saw beautiful mosaics
done by the kids some 25 years ago.
Next is John telling the story to the
Principal that the works should
be preserved and deserve to be at the Met
We stopped at the Buttonwillow
tree which is used as a
On the way up Highway 38, we stopped
for directions from some Park
Volunteers on horseback.
The first photo you see of John at RTMC
is with Tom
of the original Sidewalk
who was kind enough to find from a
vendor at the conference, buy and
give me a copy of the
August 1989 S & T
with his article on page
the column: Gleanings for ATM's,
THE DOBSONIAN SUN TELESCOPE
It's a classic. Thanks Tom.
There's also a few pix of John
signing a sun telescope with President
of WAA Jack
wife Judy, followed by
Doug Burger, another founder of SFSA
and AANC 1980 award
Michelle Stone of Plettstone
gets a few pointers from John at lunch.
Sunrise and Moon set Sunday
Eastman and Valerie Goff
clowning around with John. Valerie's husband, the late Bob Goff
was a master optician, and was remembered by Valerie in her thank
you presentation to Dean
Ketelsen before his Robert
Fulton Goff Invitational Lecture on Optics and Optical Design: "Big
Glass: Making the Largest Mirrors in the World at Steward Observatory
Finally the ever lovely and
hardworking Donna with and George and Bob rescue John
from RTMC, and leave in a cloud of dust..
Of particular interest to telescope makers everywhere is from the Santa
Rosa Girl Scout Troop 58,
in telescope building at RTMC is
a 8" f/5 Dobsonian with homemade mirror can be viewed here.
BTW if you have jpgs (less than
150-175 kb please) of you or with your
that you've made,
and a few sentences of how you were
influenced by John in telescope
making, or cosmology
or life for that matter
please sent them to:
kennethfrank at planitarium dot net
w/ JD Telescope in the
These will be used as a keepsake for
John and bound in a plywood book
similar to his:
How and Why to make a User-Friendly
and will be presented to him at his
Birthday Celebration of which you
are cordially invited.
Should you care to attend, please
Donna Smith dsmith1055 at earthlink
dot net with RSVP in the subject
line, so we can get a
handle on how many of you will attend
this historic occasion.
When: Saturday, August
27th all day, starting at 10
Where: Randall Museum San
Why: Because John is turning
90! and we want to
for all he's done.
Also, should you plan to attend as I
have repeatedly told many of you,
please bring your Dob... we'll have
VALLEY OF THE
which will make for a great photo opp.
once again presented by King Sams