Myself, wife Mary, and son Jeffrey
Photo taken in 1994 at the book signing party for my book "The Superpower Space Race".
Jeffrey has since grown taller than I am and has earned a black belt in Tai Kwon Do.
For a larger more recent photo of me, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Hello fellow astronomers. My name is Robert Reeves and I live in San Antonio, Texas. I was born in this city in 1946 but travelled extensively until 1970 when I finally resettled back in San Antonio. In addition to the regular 9-to5 job which helps support my family, Mary and Jeffrey, I am a magazine and book author, I used to teach astronomy for both the Northeast Independent School District and the Alamo Community College District here in San Antonio, and I run my own real estate inspection bussiness called Hearth and Home Inspections here in San Antonio. I have written many dozens of astronomy articles for Astronomy Magazine, the Astrograph, the Reflector, Amateur Astronomy Magazine, and the defunct Deep Sky and Deep Sky Journal Magazines. In 1994 my book The Superpower Space Race, subtitled "An Explosive Rivalry Through the Solar System", was published by Plenum Publishing in New York. I have also written 20 encyclopedia articles about space exploration and co-authored the book The Conquest of Space with Fritz Bronner. In May of 2000, my book, Wide-Field Astrophotography, was published by Willmann-Bell. This was followed in 2005 by the book Introduction to Digital Astrophotography, also from Willmann-Bell. My latest book, released in May, 2006, by Willmann-Bell is Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography. A long-standing book project about the planet Mars remains active, but continuously gets pushed to the back burner by new astrophoto projects for Willmann-Bell. Because of my book projects I have had the pleasure of being invited to speak to may conventions and astronomy gatherings, including the Texas Star Party, Okie-Tex Star Party, Eldorado Star Party, Winter Star Party, Northeast Astronomy Forum, AstroImage in Los Angeles, Apollo Rendezvous, and a number of ALCON conventions.
Astrophotography has been a passion of mine for since 1960. Wide-field piggy-back photography and lunar and planetary photography through the telescope occupied me until 1977. That year I obtained an 8-inch Celestron Schmidt Camera. For several years I experimented (less than successfully) on how to mount the Schmidt in order to use it to its fullest potential. Then, an old high school classmate of mine, David McDavid, invited me to use his newly completed D. Nelson Limber Observatory located in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio. For several years, I was given virtual free reign to use Limber Observatory as I pleased. The Celestron-14 telescope then installed under the observatory's 4-meter dome was a natural match for my 8-inch Schmidt camera. Color photography with hypersensitized Ektachrome emulsions, and black and white work with 103a spectroscopic films and hypersensitized TP-2415 occupied my observing agenda.
In 1984, the D. Nelson Limber Observatory was upgraded with a DFM Engineering computer-controlled .4-meter Cassegrain telescope and restructured for a comprehensive program of observing B(e) stars with a photometer and polarimeter. Since my Schmidt camera was incompatible with this new instrument, I embarked on the construction of my own observatory, the Von Braun Photographic Station. This facility is described in another page on this site and I used it for about 15 years after it became operational in 1986. Encroaching light pollution and other factors finally made it nessesary to move the facility. However, about two years after it was moved to darker skies about 100 miles west of San Antonio, The building and dome were ruined by weather and had to be torn down. I now set up on the old observatory slab or travel to other dark locations that have recently become available.