|OPT at Night - Oceanside, CA|
Rayna Stephens was born into astronomy! No, really. I rode a horse before I could walk, and I thought that was cool, but Rayna went to star parties. I can't say she stayed awake, but I think she soaked up understanding while out under the stars. Rayna is our youngest contributor, and I love that she has a voice here. Astronomy needs younger enthusiasts! Combine that appeal with a sharp wit, a free-for-all style, and 10 years of experience in the hobby, and I think you will agree that Rayna has something to say.
Finally, a little about me. I fell in love with being out under the stars with a telescope almost 25 years ago, the last time Halley's Comet graced the skies. I jumped in with two feet by becoming the "scribe" for OPT's astronomy club, OPTAS. I learned as I went, and before long I started selling telescopes at the store. That was a long time ago, and these days I help run our company website, but I still enjoy talking people through buying their first telescope when I get the chance. I have seen a lot of equipment come and go through the years, but the dream of having a telescope, and embarking on one's own relationship with the Universe...that never changes, and that is why I am still here.
Thanks for listening,
Penny @ OPT