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Ralph Aeschliman

Ralph describes himself as a frustrated amateur astronomer from the Pacific Northwest. Fresh out of WWU with an art degree, he took his 6-inch refractor to Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1989 to look for a job and clear skies. His timing was perfect. He was hired by the astrogeology group of the U.S. Geological Survey and began work as an airbrush cartographer. During his 11 years at the USGS, he moved from using a Paasche AB airbrush and electric eraser to a computer.

Ralph now lives in Moscow, Idaho, where he has set up his own computer environment to perform serious planetary cartography and has begun work on an atlas of Mars. Ralph's contributions to this website also include a detailed Map of the Moon.

For more about what Ralph is up to, check out

Click to view these Aeschliman originals
that are displayed in the planetarium

Earth Moon
Spiral Galaxy
Globular Cluster
Stephen's Quintet
Binary Stars

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