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About

ABOUT EARTHBOUND ASTRONOMER

earthbound astronomer was conceived on a walk along the trails of pedernales falls state park in the spring of 2014. I wanted to find a way to combine my love for camping with my passion for astronomy. The Texas state park system has so much to offer including many facilities with dark skies. In 2016 the state park project began with the assessment of Pedernales Falls, it seemed only fitting. Our website went live in 2017 and since then Earthbound astronomer has grown into more than its humble beginnings.

We have become a resource hub for science communicators and AMATEUR astronomers alike. we provide open source educational resources, soon to be offered in multiple languages. in the past year we have made our public presence known by way of outreach, star party production, and exclusive excursion events. In the coming year we will be adding to these offerings and so much more. we hope you will come to think of Earthbound astronomer as a go-to organization for all things astronomy and STEM. And we hope you will also join us for the ride.

Clear Skies,

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I'm usually the one behind the lens, so please forgive the overt "selfie" nature of this photo.

Hello.  My name is Dawn Davies. I am an amateur astronomer, a science educator, a creator, a geek, a wife, a mother and a nine to fiver. Most of all I'm a lover of dark nights and clear skies.

I currently wield an array of scopes and EQUIPMENT including a 152mm Explore Scientific refractor, an 80mm explore scientific triplet refractor, a 115mm Explore scientific Reflector (are you sensing a theme here?), a 10" Orion Intelliscope and a pair of 9x60 Oberwerk binoculars. From time to time you might find me toting my 60mm celestron refractor, AFFECTIONATELY named "The Rinky Dink". It was my very first telescope and while it has seen better days, it is a fantastic piece with which to teach and take on outreach OUTINGS. It proves that in many ways, size doesn’t matter.

On the observing field I am never without my eyepiece case of Explore Scientific beauties, my Celestial Teapot Planisphere and my arsenal of maps, charts and apps. I love talking about all things astronomy with special interests in constellation myth and citizen science.

When the sun is up or the clouds are out you can usually find me out and about with my husband and our eight-year-old son.  We are active members of the Baden-powell service association, and can be found camping and hiking in this great state’s many local parks and state parks or kayaking the highland lakes

Each month you can spot me at the North Door attending Astronomy on Tap and on the UT Austin campus at the austin astronomical society’s general meeting. it is safe to say if anything of an astronomical or scientific nature is occurring in and around Austin, I'm probably there.

Volunteer Advocate - International Dark Sky Association
Dark Skies Ambassador - International Astronomical Union
Astronomy Mentor & Educator - Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Member - Austin Astronomical Society, Astronomers Without Borders. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, International Dark Sky Association (IDA), Texas Chapter of the IDA


OUR PARTNERS

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GREAT endeavors require STEADFAST COMPANIONs. ENTER BRIAN LIPPINCOTT. HE IS AN AMATEUR ASTRONOMER, ENGINEER EXTRAORDINAIRE, INVENTOR, GEEK, AND often my CO-PILOT ON THIS CRAZY VOYAGE.

HE PACKS A MEAN PUNCH WITH HIS 115mm AstroTech Triplet, 70MM PRONTO, 9X63 ORION BINOCULARS and 20x60 Pentax binos. PRESENTLY HE'S IN THE MIDDLE OF A building A HOMEGROWN CUSTOM DESIGNED 18" DOBsonian reflector. devoted to space sciences and outreach, brian is one of Austin’s most sought after telescope instructors, teaching astronomers young and old, how to use their equipment and navigate the night skies.

WHEN NOT ON THE FIELD AND UNDER THE STARS brian is in his shop machining parts for his equipment, designing improvements on his highly desired lightweight parallel mount, or hashing out pLANS for his future home based observatory.

outside of the astronomical medium YOU CAN FIND BRIAN OUT FOR A CRUISE ON HIS FULLY ELECTRIC “ZERO” MOTORCYCLE. HE IS A DEVOUT CAMPER WITH CAMP GLADIATOR AND AN EQUALLY AVID KAYAK PADDLER; HAVING SPENT TIME IN BOTH THE WARM WAVES OF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE FRIGID WATERS OF ALASKA.

WE MET SIX YEARS AGO AND DISCOVERED OUR COMMON INTERESTS IN ALL THINGS ASTRONOMY AND SCIENCE. TOGETHER WE HAVE DESIGNED, ENGINEERED AND BUILT MANY ASTRONOMICAL DEVICES AND INVENTIONS; SOME OF WHICH YOU MIGHT SEE ON THIS SITE. Brian has also been my intrepid collaborator on the state park project, lending his keen intellect, adventurous spirit, and company

2019 MARKed OUR FIFTH TRIP TOGETHER TO THE GREAT TEXAS STAR PARTY IN FORT DAVIS AND WE WILL BE TRAVELING TO FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMAS THIS SUMMER TO ATTEND ASTROCON AND TO OBSERVE THE SOUTHERN END OF THE MILKY WAY IN THE CONSTELLATION SAGITTARIUS.

Equipment Chair & Member - Austin Astronomical Society,

 
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Founder and director of Starry Sky Austin, Amy Jackson is an educator EXTRAORDINAIRE and crusader for dark skies.

a graduate of the university of houston and Rice university, she holds a b.a. in physics and a master of science teaching, respectively. her mission, and that of starry sky austin, is to provide astronomy outreach and education to individuals of all ages; “…we inspire people to become lifelong learners, grow in awareness of our place in the universe, and truly connect with the cosmos”.

Her background is extensive having taught at the University of Texas in Austin, the Houston Museum of natural science, the Austin independent school district, the austin nature and science museum and most recently as an educator and observatory operator at travis county’s reimers ranch observatory. in 2017 amy was selected as one of ten ambassadors to take part in the Astronomy in chile educator program, spending nine days on expedition in the high elevations of the atacama desert. in 2018 she was awarded the million women mentors - texas individual mentor stand up for STEM award for her passion for encouraging and inspiring girls and women to pursue careers in stem, and for her tireless devotion to education and outreach.

in her downtime you can find amy out and about in nature, camping or hiking in the many city and state parks with her husband and three daughters. and as if that is not enough, she is also an accomplished writer, the author of “Cassandra and the night sky” a children’s book about a brave girl growing up in a land without stars.

This fall sTARRY SKY AUSTIN AND eARTHBOUND aSTRONOMER will be launching workshops for the Girl scouts of central texas, designed around the release of the organization’s new space science badge program.

Member- Austin Astronomical Society, Astronomy Society of the Pacific, International Dark Sky Association, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin, Astronomers Without Borders, American Association of Variable Star Observers
Astronomy Educator - Girl Scouts of Central Texas