Gregory Brannon is an amateur astronomer and observatory host in North Carolina.
He started observing at 16 with a hand-me-down Bushnell Voyager 4.5×100 reflector. At 17, he joined the GTCC Stellar Society as vice president and began volunteering at GTCC’s Cline Observatory. In 2017 he took an observational astronomy class to formally learn amateur astronomy and to become certified to operate the 24” CDK, becoming an assistant host. He volunteers every clear Friday night that the Observatory is open, and usually shows guests the wonders of the night sky using 8” dobsonian telescopes. In 2019 he became a certified observatory host, leading observing sessions in the dome.
Greg has used over a dozen telescopes, ranging from catadioptrics on Go-To mounts, to cheap tabletop telescopes, to beefy dobsonian reflectors, up to the 24” observatory telescope. His primary personal observing instrument is an Apertura DT6 f/8 6” Dobsonian taken out a short drive to a nearby field.
Gregory regularly keeps observing logs and is an advocate of visual astronomy and journaling observations. He’s very interested in bringing astronomy to the general public, both through hosting observing sessions, as well as star parties and sidewalk astronomy. You’ll occasionally see him staring up when exiting buildings at night, excitedly pointing at the Moon, or saying to whoever will listen, “hey, y’all, you see that bright star up there? That’s not a star at all, it’s the planet Jupiter!”