Jeff Crawford

Jeff Crawford, M.D.
Columbus GA

Telescope(s):  8 inch super C8 (same scope since 1985) 
Area(s) of special interest:  Astrophotography

AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby? 

JC:  Was a member  way back in 1985.  Have been observing off and on since. 

AAS: What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy? 

JC:  Solar eclipse in 1985.  Photographed it using a cheap reflector, then returned it to get my super C8

AAS: Tell us a little about your family members; spouse? kids? siblings? significant other?

JC:  Robin, my wife and two children 6 and 8.  I have recently unpacked the C8 due to the interest of Kelly my 8 y.o

AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal education?

JC:  BS Biology Columbus College/ M.D. Medical College of Georgia/ Internal medicine Univ. Ala. B'ham

AAS: Do you have any pets? What kind?; How Many?

JC:  Cat named Lacey

AAS: Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation?; If you're still in school, have you chosen a career?

JC:  Emergency Room Doctors Hosp. Col. Ga.

AAS: Besides astronomy, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

JC:  Avid Private pilot.  Love to fly local over the Auburn area.

AAS: What was your first or favorite car?

JC:  I just bought my wife a 68 Vet.  My first car was a 72 Vega at 15 yo.  My favorite was a 79 Black Trans Am. 

AAS: What was your first or most interesting job?

JC:  I loved working at the Piggly Wiggly bagging grocery's. Started at 15yo. ( lied about my age.)

AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.

JC:  In March of 1985, Two other college friends and myself took an RV to Miami and the 
Keys to get pictures of Halley's comet.

AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of the U.S. or another country? Where?; When?

JC:  Local areas / Athens Ga/ Augusta Ga/ B'ham  Ala./ Dothan Ala. 

I hope to get my daughter Kelly interested in Astronomy as much as I am. She is very smart for her age and she has already stumped me with a few facts about the planets.  I would like to take her to a few star parties and hope she would want to continue.  I was a member of the society back in 1985. Maybe I will be able to recognize some of the early members. Going through the members section I do remember Russell W.