Hello. My name is Walker Franklin and I’m a neophyte amateur astronomer, citizen scientist and backyard engineer. In fact, my journey only truly began in July of 2022. I’ve always been mesmerized by the night sky, but only recently dove into astronomy and rocketry head first thanks to my two children. I wanted to inspire them to dream big and it turns out they’ve inspired me as well.

This site was created for them. If you are here reading this it is only by chance as I do not advertise and have no desire to monetize. Spacedad.org is, basically, a log of my journey through not only amateur astronomy, but also citizen science in general. It was created solely for the enjoyment of my kids and posterity.

However, please feel free to look around and leave comments if you’d like. I am always learning and welcome any feedback.

My astronomical equipment so far:

-Orion SkyQuest 6″ (150mm) Dobsonian reflector.

-25mm and 9mm eyepieces with a 2x Barlow.

-iPhone 11 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Note8 smartphone cameras.