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Russ at the Orion Observatory
with the Meade 10"
equipped with a CCD camera

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     Russell Merle Genet, PhD, is a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College, and the Director of the Orion Observatory.
     Pioneer of the world’s first fully robotic observatory (featured in the PBS special, The Perfect Stargazer), and the 51st President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Russ now teaches astronomy and guides research seminars at Cuesta College, and teaches short courses about the cosmos and humanity for Cal Poly, Cuesta College, and the Orion Institute. He has also authored a dozen books and over 100 scientific papers (see Publications).
    Although his doctoral degree is in astronomy, his bachelor's degree is in electrical engineering and he loves designing telescopes and observatories.  Currently, he is working with several others to develop a new class of low cost, lightweight research tele-scopes in the aperture range of 0.5-1.0 meters, ie. 20-40 inches (see Telescope Design)
    Russ specializes in photometric observations and analysis of very short-period eclipsing binary stars—following changes in star spots and searching for extrasolar planets.  In addition he makes his obser-vatory available to students from Cal Poly and Cuesta College to assist them in their research. Russ also studies cosmic evolution, the grand synthesis of phys-ical, biological, and cultural evolution (See Humanity)
    Russ and his wife Cheryl (his secret childhood sweetheart - see The Russ and Cheryl  Story) live near San Luis Obispo on California's Central Coast.  They often teach and work on projects together.  In his spare time Russ rides bicycles, paddles kayaks, flies airplanes, and plays his keyboard.

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