The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
I'm a professional writer, a retired reporter, a collector of antique photography and an amateur photographer who is deeply in love with astronomy.

I was born in Philadelphia in 1946, but didn't stay long. My father, Joseph M. Bauman Sr., was a weather forecaster for what was then called the Weather Bureau, and relocated frequently from station to station. By the time I was 22, we had lived in Big Spring, Texas; Independence, Missouri; Chicago; Stanton, Delaware; the Miami, Florida vicinity; Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; and Public Landing, Maryland.

I attended the universities of Utah in Salt Lake City and Maryland at College Park.

 In the East, I worked as a reporter and photographer for several small newspapers in Maryland and Delaware, and, briefly, as a newsman for WBOC TV in Salisbury, Maryland.

After Cory Wilcox and I married, we lived in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We returned to her hometown, Salt Lake City, in 1971, where we happily remain. Our son, Sky Bauman, is a Ph.D. physicist who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

In April 2008 I retired after 36 1/2 years as a reporter for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Today I’m focusing my writing on books and my camera on the stars.

I fought my way up from astroimaging with a 35-mm hand-guided camera and an eight-inch Celestron that tracked like a drunk, to my present set-up, a 12-inch Meade LX200GPS and an SBIG STF-8300 camera. From Salt Lake City I can reach truly dark sites in two or three hours.

Here are Cory and I.