Denver Observer, November 2015
by Dena McClung
This month’s column features a couple who both are members of DAS, Dave and Virginia Catlin. Dave is a surgical technician at Children’s Hospital, where he has worked since 2007. Virginia earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree, finishing her studies and practical exams earlier this summer.
Dave has been interested in astronomy as long as he can remember. At age six, he saw M13 through an inexpensive Meade telescope and was hooked. He spent many summer evenings lying on the grass and looking at the stars from the yard of his family’s home near Keesler Air Force Base on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Despite the fact that he regularly pestered his parents to buy him a telescope, they never did. Dave had to settle for looking through those belonging to other people whenever the chance arose.
Dave joined the Army at age 17, and during his time at various locations in the United States and Germany, he used military binoculars to get a closer look at what the night sky had to offer. It wasn’t until 2007 that he finally bought his first telescope, a Celestron 127. As a single parent with limited free ...