Ron has been an avid amateur astronomer for over twenty years, and began photographing the sky in 2006. His deep-sky, Sun and Moon images and articles are regularly featured in print and online magazines, scientific journals, CD covers, websites, calendars and more. Ron uses PixInsight for processing his deep-sky images, acquiring his data mostly from his home observatory north of Guelph, Ontario.
Ron writes regularly for Sky & Telescope and other publications, most recently The Quest for Round Stars in the June 2019 S&T. He is the Technical Reviewer for both editions of Warren Keller’s, Inside PixInsight, published by Springer.
Ron offers private tutoring online, and teams up with Warren Keller to teach two and three-day deep-sky image processing workshops. Ron is a regular speaker at star parties and conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
Ron and his wife Gail live under Bortle 4 skies with two dogs, two cats and two kids in university. In “real life,” Ron holds a PhD and is a board-certified toxicologist with more than 30 years’ consulting experience, specializing in risk assessment and risk communication. To round things out, he plays guitar and sings lead vocals in the R&B band The Exceptions.
Visit Ron’s website at Astrodoc.ca