John Hutchinson is a 17-year old amateur astronomer from Richmond, Virginia. He has been interested in astronomy since receiving a telescope at age 9. John’s interest in astrophotography spawned from Sky Watch, an event hosted by the Richmond Astronomical Society.
John also has an interest in astronomy outreach. As a Boy Scout, he has brought his telescope to many scout outings to introduce younger scouts to using a telescope and viewing the heavens. He also helped organize a troop astronomy night in 2009 where they set up several telescopes in a local park and had the opportunity to see many different objects.
John attends the Engineering Specialty Center at Highland Springs High School. He plans on continuing in the engineering field with aspirations to obtain a PhD in aerospace engineering and a position at NASA.
Pictured here are John and his 4.5 inch Orion StarBlast (a Newtonian reflector) on a Dobsonian mount. Attached to the tripod is a Kodak EasyShare CD82 digital camera which is also affixed to the telescope eyepiece for imaging.