At our June meeting Mark Lohmann gave an inspiring and enthralling talk on
Scenic Rim Astronomy and the Laravale School Endeavour.
From photography and all things science, a passion grew to share the wonders of the sky with public and practitioner alike. Scenic Rim exploited a great location to bring the day and night sky to children and adults. Today the group has a foundation of people keen to share their equipment, improve their skills and increase their enjoyment of astronomy. Mark described the journey of Scenic Rim Astronomy Association so far, and shared the story of his major step of purchasing a school to be his home and base for this dynamic group.
Mark is a serious amateur photographer with a keen interest in all things astronomy. His first interest in astronomy was astrophotography, but found sharing the wonders of the night sky more rewarding, and less time consuming. From a teenager, he has always been involved in local clubs, from Rural Youth, sporting clubs, camera clubs and lately astronomy clubs. His main interest is in creating a local viewing club which can then spread the enthusiasm to both children and adults alike.
He has a varied background, qualifying in the Environmental Health field, management, small business and currently, Land Use Planning. Acquiring the Laravale School site achieved many goals,including a small acreage in the country and a base for a dedicated viewing astronomy club.