From that point I never would have guessed that a hobby taking backyard snaps of deep space objects would turn into a scientific endeavor. After spending about 8 years taking “pretty pictures” of deep space with better and better equipment, I wondered if I could be doing something more useful with the telescope. I decided to see how difficult it would be to look for an asteroid or comet.
This again morphed into another pivotal moment. After a lot of research and mistakes I learned that there was room left for amateur astronomers to do follow-up work on newly found asteroids and comets along with a slight chance of discovering one! I stepped into a small and friendly community of astronomers that work on asteroid and comet discoveries hoping to make a small contribution to the science.
Today, thanks to one of these community members, I now have an asteroid that bears my name. I am extremely grateful to this community, and to Loren Ball from Emerald Lane Observatory for suggesting this name to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. The IAU has approved the name and published it today in the Minor Planet Circular MPC 112429-112436 (Link)