Dave is a physicist and former owner of Map World. He has organized six expeditions to see total solar eclipses in Oregon (1979), Baja California (1991), the Caribbean (1998), Central Turkey (1999), Australia (2002) and the Turkish coast (2006). His approach is to make sure that there is lots to see and do. There is always a possibility that the weather won't cooperate, and the trip must be able to stand on its own even without an eclipse. The eclipse is always the bonus feature. So far, he is 6 for 6, having chosen locations with a clear view of totality each time. He has found that sharing a totality event with others is one of the most powerful emotions of life.
"Life is not measured by the number of
breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" ~Anonymous.
See Dave's Home Page for other trips he's organized.
Meltem has been a Turkish Professional National Licensed Guide for 17 years. She guided this trip and our spectacular trip through Turkey in 1999. Her command of history and ability to make it fascinating are two of her many attributes. She has a soft-spoken approach to her trips, but kept us in line when necessary!
Meltem studied English in England and also speaks German. In addition to her interests in archeology, history, mountain biking, trekking, swimming, scuba diving, motorcycles, literature, photography, music, cinema and tango, she keeps abreast of scientific developments.
She is also an advanced classical guitar player and has been a National folk dancer for more than 10 years.
Stuart Ryder, "Official" Trip Astronomer
Stuart has been
addicted to eclipse-chasing since seeing his first one back in 1991, with Dave
in Mexico. This eclipse in Turkey was his eighth expedition, and he has so
far notched up nearly 20 minutes in the Moon's shadow (but somehow that never
seems to be enough). In his career as a
professional astronomer, Stuart has
worked at observatories all around the world, and is now a staff astronomer at
the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, which operates Australia's largest
optical/infrared telescope. See
Stuart's Eclipse Page.