My west coast granddaughter, Zoe with her 76 mm Orion Dobsonian Telescope.
Zoe after a visit to the beauty salon to see her stylist, Tiffany. The second picture was taken in California after a bit of face painting, along with her Dad who is my son, Brad.
My east coast grandkids from Mullins, South Carolina. Gracie to the left, then John-Winston, Isaac, and my youngest grandson…Elisha. Wow! Grandson John-Winston (L) and Elisha far right, with Justin Herring (C) a family friend and more, from Mullins, SC. I really don’t know who caught this monster fish? Was it Justin or John-Winston…maybe Elisha?
Debbie’s favorite telescope. An 18 year old Orion/Vixen 102 mm refractor, which allowed me to finally see Sirius B for the first time in 2012. My first attempt to see the companion to Sirius, also know as the “Pup” was in 1977, but with failure. However, at that time I was using a 4.25-inch f/10 EQ Edmund Reflector with a spherical mirror. This was not really the most suitable telescope to attempt to see one of the most difficult doubles. This famous double began closing at about that time (1975) and has only opened up wide enough in recent years to allow for the separation by an amateur telescope.
Debbie and I were fortunate to be able to get our picture taken with the “World Famous…Budweiser Clydesdale Pulling Team” Wow! What beautiful and well cared for horses, and a wagon with all “hand lettered” gold leaf lettering, and lacquer overcoat. (Saturday, May 30th 2015.)
This is one of my favorite pictures from 2011. Zoe and I were at the Red Rock Canyon visitors center, just outside of Las Vegas. I call this picture from several years ago: “A moment in time” when I was able to have all of my grandkids together in South Carolina. Isaac is to the far left, then John-Winston (c) then Gracie, and Zoe on the far right. Elisha is in the center with Gracie using his head for a prop. The vintage 60 mm refractor telescope shown was a gift to the kids by my good friend, Mike Ribadeneyra. I keep hoping that all of my grandkids will become amateur astronomers one day, however, at the moment it doesn’t look too good. They are pretty busy these days with other things like swimming, iPhones, video games, MacBooks, iMac’s and messaging with their friends. My two sons, Roger Chadwick (L) and Bradley Jason. I’m really fortunate to have sons like these guys. Again…this picture was taken a couple or more years ago. However, this was the last time, I was able to take a picture of both together. A very special photo to me…
Just about all my observing for the past 25 years has been from this well-build and sturdy deck, or from my moderately light polluted backyard.
A picture of my wife, Debbie and I on a cold & windy February 2015 day…
A picture of me after surpassing 125,000 life time miles on my bicycle.
My wife, Debbie and our sweet baby girl, Sophie sitting behind my favorite and most used telescope for the past 25 years, and having spent almost 2,000 hours at the eyepiece during this period. Hey…that’s like working 50 weeks and 40 hours per week! A vintage Meade 10-inch reflector (model DS-10A) and also with my latest mount, a Celestron CGE Pro.
Swim champion: Grandson, Isaac Ivester
Hey…this is me, working on an astronomy article at the Broad River Coffee shop on a cold day with light snow.
Debbie and I having a bit of dessert during the mid-afternoon at one of our favorite restaurants.
My son (Rev. Roger Chadwick Ivester) and wife, daughter-in-law, Tina. Chadwick “Chad” is pastor of the Mullins First Baptist Church in Mullins, South Carolina.
Anna-Grace seemingly aggravating one of her brothers, John-Winston.
CJ has been my observing partner for many years. Sometimes sitting on my lap while “attempting” to observe and sketch a faint deep-sky object. She is nearing twenty years old and is now a bit more fragile, and doesn’t like the cold nights anymore. She is much more content sitting at the back door, waiting for me to come back inside.
Our Miniature Dachshund, Nova Sophia.