gutaker BTW: How to get involved like you? I'm an iOS Developer since 2012, holding Senior position since 2017. UI/UX design and Linux is an open book for me as well 😉 Overall IT experience since 1998.
Well, long story... I ground my first parabolic mirror (just 5", followed by a 6") in 1963 or so, when I was in high school.
When in college (Purdue) as an EE student, I spent two summers with an NSF undergrad fellowship at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WVa.. In grad school, I was with the Radar Astronomy group in Stanford's EE department. Amateur Radio is my other hobby (the "w7ay" username I use here is my FCC issued callsign :-), so I have chosen to study in those two areas.
At Apple, I worked on algorithms development in the areas of graphics, imaging, displays and printing. Started at Apple in 1988, and retired in 2005. My contacts with ZWO started many years ago; when I had contacted them about how to fix their camera SDK dylibs so that it will actually work on MacOS.
As far as computation goes, search for "kcc" in this web page:
(Yep, when you are old enough, you get mentioned in web pages with titles that include words like "history" :-).
The computer that I first programmed was the legendary RPC-4000 (still have a photo of myself at its console :-).
More recently, I was pestering ZWO to get ASIAIR working properly with the RST-135 during the v1.3 days, so much so that Sam finally caught on about strain wave gears. About a year ago, I was told that they had started to work on their own mount (perhaps this is why the AM5 configuration even looks like the RST-135 :-); I kept quiet about it of course and considered it to be private information, even though I never signed any non-disclosures -- perhaps that is why they had continued to reveal some internal developments in both software and hardware to me (some never became a product). FWIW, the Pegasus and iOptron strain wave mounts are a little more original. I especially like connector arrangement in the Pegasus one --- completely static and even then have locking connectors for power (makes an old engineer like me happy).