My name is Justin Balderrama, I’m an amateur astronomer in La Verne, CA. I believe that you can see more, discover more, and enjoy the sky better through astronomical sketching. I started this blog to share my passion for astronomy with the world.
I own an Observer 70mm AZ Refractor telescope, a 1971 Criterion RV-6 Newtonian, and a Meade Research Grade 12.5″ F/6 Newtonian, and a Celestron 102mm NexStar GT. They are all great scopes, the newtonians were given to me by a kind astronomer who thought I would get use out of them.
It all started on a cool February night with a 4 1/2 inch Meade reflector. At this time, I had no knowledge of the night sky or the constellations that reside within it. Time was running out, and I pointed the small scope toward a row of three stars. It turns out, that was the location of M42, the Orion Nebula. I had no idea what exactly it was or if I was really seeing it. I immediately called up my grandpa, which was probably pretty late in his time zone, and told him about my “discovery”. I remember describing it to him, and he told me what it was. In my eyes, I became a real amateur astronomer that night.
A sincere thanks to all visitors. May your skies be crystal clear.