Ron Mallory - Composer, Church Musician, Music Educator
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Outside of music and the arts, Ron's primary interests include astronomy, physics, and the other sciences. He spent over two years of college as an astrophysics major, and continues to keep up with current research through books, magazines, and online resources.

Ron has a "science magic show" he does occasionally for schools, camps, and children's groups. The show is designed for kids ages 10-12 but can be easily adapted for older or younger students. Topics covered include physics, chemistry, electromagnetism, and more. See below for a sample experiment.

Contact Ron if you're interested in booking a show!

Ron has been doing astrophotography since he was a teenager, using both film and digital cameras. Below are a few sample photos (click on a photo for a larger view):

The constellation Orion, taken from a suburban site
with a Canon DSLR:
The constellation Orion

The gibbous moon, taken through Ron's 8" Newtonian reflector:
Gibbous Moon

The Orion Nebula (M42), taken through Ron's 6" Newtonian reflector:
The Orion Nebula, M42
Comet Hale-Bopp, 1997, from the Anza-Borrego Desert:
Comet Hale-Bopp

Ron has built two telescopes on his own and assisted several others in telescope projects as well. Ron's telescopes are a 6" f/5.8 Newtonian and an 8" f/6.6 Newtonian, both on modified split-ring equatorial mounts. Ron ground the mirror for the 8" himself.

Ron with his 8" Newtonian reflector:
Ron's 8" f/6.6 Newtonian Reflector


Click here for a link to an article in the Corvallis Gazette-Times mentioning Ron's viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Click here for a video of the International Space Station astronauts displaying the winners of a children's artwork contest, including a drawing by Ron's daughter Vivian.

The Planetary Society

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