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An infinite passion for the sky

 

September 14, 2019

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Jim Kaufman shows the home observatory he built on his roof in Ironwood. The 12 inch Cassegrain reflector telescope has a GPS polar mount that can make alignment corrections and track objects using software.

By TOM LAVENTURE

tlaventure@yourdailyglobe.com

IRONWOOD - Jim Kaufman achieved many goals in life before following through on his passion for astronomy.

He was an aerospace engineer. He earned a private pilot's license. He retired before age 55.

Kaufman said his fascination with the sky and the universe was fueled by a childhood immersed in science and science fiction. Growing up in the Flats of Ironwood, he recalls chasing what he thought was a UFO flying north at night with his friends.

"When I started high school my mind was focused on the wonders of the universe and I thought about the...



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