Member Websites

Jane Repensek
Jane Repensek

About Me

I am a novice at stargazing and hope to improve my proficiency.  I have spent my career in financial services largely because my all-girls high school didn't have a physics class.  Making up for that in my adult years, I'm hoping to improve to ultimately studing and photographing the night sky!  I have a lot of happy learning to do!

David W. Ingram
David W. Ingram
Vp Education

About Me

My name is “Dave” Ingram and I am the SAS, Vice President of Education.   

I work with Aaron and the SAS Board and with our wonderful outreach volunteers to properly welcome new members at every level of experience to the “Society”.   I already know that you are curious about the stars just like I am. 

Together, we can share what attracts us all to the night sky.  The Society provides a wide, thoughtful selection of educational opportunities that can guide you to learn, to share and to enjoy our being an SAS amateur astronomer.  

I was raised in clean air and under starry skies in Indiana farm country; a true “Hoosier”.  My high school buddies and I studied science and math.  In our free time we worked farm jobs, “bucked” bales of hay, tended dairy herds and built model planes, model rockets.  We even blew a few up.  With the help of our physics teacher, we also ground mirrors and built Dobsonian telescopes from “Edmond Scientific plans.   

In Missouri, I attended a small-college and earned a degree in Literature with a minor in Education.   

In 2011, after 30+ years I retired from Boeing.  In the summers of 2012-2014 I was an astronomy Volunteer in Park (ViP) at the Glacier National Park, MT..  Together with 3 other ViPs, I shared the Sun, the Milky Way, aurora borealis, the Moon, planets and stars with over 20,000 guests under some of the darkest skies in America’s National Park system. 

I am what you would call, a dedicated “all-season, visual” stargazer, sharing my passion for astronomy and science with my grandkids and with any other children and adults who are still “kids-at-heart”.  I participate in over 30 SAS “astronomy outreach” events a year.  I strongly support the International Dark-sky Association www.darksky.orgwith my time and money often traveling the four-state area (ID-MT-OR-WA) and the USA to promote the “dark sky movement which advocates citizen involvement in protecting and restoring dark night skies for us and for all future generations.   

If you are like me, and you love exploring the celestial sphere; if you want to learn how to share the adventure and grandeur of astronomy, please reach out to me.  I’d love to get to know what drives you to infinity and beyond the stars! -- Dave  

Robertson Miller
Robertson Miller

About Me

Moved to Kirkland in 1996. I joined SAS at that time until 2006. Returning to SAS December, 2019. My wife and I own a cottage in a nearly dark sky location where I have my observatory setup. The observatory is a Meade 10" f8, Orion 80mm APO (600mm) and Orion 80ED guide scope (900mm) all riding on Losmandy G11 with Gemini II GoTo. Cameras are ZWO.

I am interested in participating in the Astrophotography SIG.

I am also on the board of directors of the Washington Alpine Club. My other activity is mountain hiking and climbing. Have climbed Mount Rainier five times. 

Graduated with BS in Computer Science in 1983 from University of California, Irvine (UCI). 

Ward W. Vuillemot
Ward W. Vuillemot

About Me

Ever since watching the Voyager on TV as it passed Jupiter, I've wanted to pursue the stars.  As early as 12 years old, I recall wanting to get a PhD in orbital mechanics and work at JPL.  I ended up taking a different course through aerospace engineering, technical Japanese interpretting, and software engineering while working at Boeing, Amazon, Xbox and others. 

Most of my obvserving is visual, but recently I've taken a renewed interest in astrophotography.  I live and work 100% remotely from central Washington (Chelan area), and enjoy seeing the Milky Way just 10 feet from my front-door. 

For the past ten years, I've built and operated the SAS website and backend IT (email, web hosting, etc). 

In 2014, I was recognized by Astronomical League for its Webmaster Award.

bruceV

About Me

Former professional document reviewer, former UW astronomy student.

Steve Roberts
Steve Roberts
Darryn Lavery
Darryn Lavery
Equipment Manager

About Me

I grew up in Wales and obtained degrees in Math and Computing, and Human-Computer Interaction. While in the UK I interned at Royal Observatory Edinburgh where I prototyped a system to allow telescope control to be shared between sites in the UK and Hawaii. I have always been in interested in science and photography and recently became interested in astrophotography. During the day I am a Software Development Manager.

 

Matt Woicik
Matt Woicik
Bob Ehr
Bob Ehr
Nick Mautone
Nick Mautone
 
Sean Boon
Sean Boon
 
AndyM
AndyM

About Me

Like you, I have a bad habit of acquiring astronomy gear. It is almost as bad as my habit of acquiring photography gear. Oh who am I kidding, the scopes and tripods take up much more space. And I love it! Don't you? :)
Brian Wingert
Brian Wingert