In 1970 I attempted observation of a Transit of Mercury with J.Wesley Simpson. The following image documents our attempt. While I never applied to be an astronaut, I did ‘make it to the Moon’ in this promotional photo from my former company Lockheed Electronics (the arrow below is pointing toward me). I conducted a large number of comet observations in the 1960s and 1970s. The photo below shows our successful observation of the great Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965.
In October 1972 I observed a brief outburst of the Draconid meteor shower from Gonzales Texas. The photo below was taken from a farm outside of the town in preparation for the successful observation using 1st generation image intensification equipment.
Comet hunting from Houston, Texas (not in the daytime, of course).
Employing first generation image intensification to study the Aries flasher position in 1985. Giving a talk at the Madrid Astronomical Society December 1991. Meeting at the Polish Academy of Science, January 1994 (left Balazej Foret, right Marek Zawilski) GDelivering a technical paper at the International Astronautical Federation meeting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 2000. Presenting a paper at the Royal Astronomical Society meeting in London UK 1996. Conducting a TV interview on Rodrigues island following the Transit of Venus expedition to Mauritius in 2004 Chemical clouds are sometimes formed in space as a result of ejection of chemical canisters from satellites or rockets. The following are a few low light level TV images from a Lithium release associated with the AMPTE launch.The time counters in the frames are times from start of video recording. A 5-inch refractor was used as an objective lens. In the two frames you can see the expansion change in the cloud with time. The images were taken April 11, 1985 from Parker, Colorado at 0524 UT while the cloud was 114,488 km above the earth.
With Celestron 8 and bassett hound 1978
Paul and Robert V. Reeves in 1974 using a 10-inch f/4.5 reflector for satellite observation.
Paul in 1954 San Antonio, Texas