About Carl

What to say? I’m obviously passionate about astronomy. I caught the “virus” when my father brought home a small telescope (20×40) from one of his business trips. I was about 11 years old. After looking at the moon I was hooked and it wasn’t long before I wanted a bigger telescope. All through my teenage years the word “telescope” was at the top of my birthday and Christmas list. Since a good telescope was quite expensive back then, getting one was never in the cards. I had to content myself with a small binocular and the 20×40 till I finally got the funds to build a 6 inch newton during my time as a student.

My first real observations of Jupiter, mars and a lot Messiers were made with this instrument and I guess that’s when I caught my aperture fever. Although I spend a lot of time building telescopes, I really like to observe. Nowadays I mostly observe deep sky and am especially interested in planetary nebula and galaxy clusters. Since the Netherlands is one of the most light polluted countries in the world I hardly ever observe at my home. Most of observing time is spend in the north of Holland and in the south of France under darker skies. Professionally I work as an independent HR Psychologist and Business Consultant.  I’m also married and have two sons (6 and 3 year) and although my family comes last in this story, they most definitely come first in life.

Setting up the third version of the 17.5 inch