Hi there, fellow stargazer! I’m Lauren Ray John, but everyone calls me ‘Ray’ (little astronomy joke there! :p) If you like big titles, I’m the founder and senior editor of Telescope Reviewer, the one and only place where your astronomy dreams come true. My job here is to ensure that every product that pops up on the market is adequately logged, labeled, cataloged, and described.
For those of you interested in my background, I grew up in Kansas City (yes, I know, I’m a Supernatural fan as well), I like cats, astronomy, curling up with a good book, making new friends, and, of course, writing my heart out on topics like telescopes, lenses, sky events, and astrophotography.
As a child, I used to tag along with my father to work (he was an astronomer employed at the Powell Observatory back in Louisburg). That’s when I kind of figured out that me and astronomy click. From there on out, I did everything I possibly could to keep the fire burning – and I did that by stocking the stove with magazines, books, online articles, Amateur Astronomers meetings, trips to all the observatories I could visit, and, of course, testing new equipment and experimenting with all the ways we can gaze upon the stars.
My friend, tread lightly here. The website you’re about to visit isn’t just a depository for facts about lenses, cameras, tripods, and telescope. It is a mystery and a token, as the poem, and a tribute to the work of my late father… my closest friend, mentor, and the one who taught me that when life kicks you in the shins, it’s better to look up to the skies than to bury your head in the ground.
If you have any questions about me (no lewd comments, por favor), this website or a review request, please hit me up on Twitter. In the meantime, have fun and enjoy our articles. Oh, yes I nearly forgot. Here are some of the more academical stuff I’ve been up to after starting this project:
- Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course, diploma certified by the Professional Photographers of America.
- Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space, a course offered by the University of Arizona.
- Creative Writing Specialization, online diploma certified by Wesleyan University.
- Telescopes and spectrographs, online diploma certified by OpenLearn