started in astronomy with the Mars Opposition of 1956.
This incited an interest in Astronomy and Mathematics.
He has a PhD in Mathematics, worked for NASA in the Apollo program and on early launch support for many unmanned missions, including ISEE-C, Voyager-1, and Voyager-2.
During all the manned Apollo missions Dr. Pass
provided support for the telemetry link between the spacecraft and Houston, provided command link support between Houston and the spacecraft, and provided tracking support of the spacecraft.
also was part of the team supporting I.I. Shapiro's use of the Apollo antennae for VLBI support.
provided tracking support for the first General Relativity space mission, Gravity-A.
provided Planetarium shows and star parties to the general public as part of public outreach of NASA
was a participant in the Small Telescope Science Program of the University of Maryland
in support of the Deep Impact Mission.
also provided support to JPL for the Deep Space I flyby of Comet Borrelly.
For each of these missions he
provided comet imagery support using his
Meade LX200 telescope and Meade Pictor CCD Imagers.
connection with Meade
started in 1994 when he
purchased an 8" LX200 classic.
The following year he
built a Cookbook Camera CCD and used it with the LX200, programming his
own telescope and camera control software.
In 1996 he
purchased a Meade Pictor 416 CCD Camera.
Since then he
has acquired several Meade telescopes, including an RCX400 12" and several more imagers including a Meade Pictor 1616 CCD Camera, Meade Deep Sky Imager, and Meade Deep Sky Imager PRO II.
has used his
Meade imagers on other telescopes including an OGS 20" RC.
has also used SBIG ST-7 and ST-10 imagers with his
activities now are teaching Astronomy at Merrimack College
and a continuing interest in astrophotography/astroimaging.
Ralph Pass' Website
This is Ralph's
personal website with hundreds of his
There are lots of astro images, as well as images from his
home observatory with his
Meade RCX telescope.
Also, check out his
article about what to do with 100 minutes and a Meade DSI