Founder and Director Bob Summerfield was first introduced to Astronomy by his third grade teacher. It became a full-blown love affair with the science at Cheltenham High School where Bob could usually be found hiding out and working in the school’s planetarium. He has been involved with teaching Astronomy to the Adult School classes there since 1979, and even met his wife Lisa there who was a student in his class. They currently co-teach the Astronomy class for the Adult School on Monday nights.
Over the years Bob has become one of the best known amateurs in the region. He has been locally profiled in articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Times Chronicle, and The Northeast Times, as well as in national publications including Sky & Telescope Magazine and Parade Magazine. He has been featured on KYW-TV (3) and WCAU (10) news reports and has had several of his photos published in Sky & Telescope (including the cover of the June 1989 issue).
Bob and Lisa are also regular fixtures with ASTRONOMY TO GO At many Astro-gatherings around the country, such as the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys, the Texas Star Party, Riverside (California) Astronomy Expo, Astrofest (outside of Chicago), as well as at numerous Science Teacher Conferences across the US. He can also be found chasing Aurora, meteor showers, occultations and eclipses all over the country (and parts of the world if necessary!)
After serving three terms as President of the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers, Bob wanted to focus his energies on sharing the sky with all that needed the same kind of introduction he had in third grade, so ASTRONOMY TO GO was formed.