Computing from beautiful, Northern California.
I have maintained an avid interest in all things astronomical since I was 12 years old and got my first telescope. I just recently built a new computer with modern hardware and operating systems. Felt it was finally time after 6 years. Have to say that the processing power of a multi-core CPU and GPU is impressive. I also have attached to the MilkyWay@Home project because I feel the project is relevant to my interests in astrophotography and the need for up-to-date maps of the galaxy.These projects allows me to contribute my unused CPU cycles on my workstation. SETI@Home lets me vicariously 'view' through the Arecibo radiotelescope and MW puts to good use the datasets coming off the SDSS. The image is of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas I took with my SBIG ST-2000XM CCD camera through my first telescope. I also use a larger SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera and a new astrograph to capture a wider image area.
Your opinions about MilkyWay@home
I like the fact that my workstation is helping astronomers map the galaxy correctly. Our understanding of our structure is changing daily. Just a year ago we always thought we were a typical spiral galaxy and then, BAM! our IR instruments show us to be a barred, spiral galaxy of a lot bigger size than we thought. I always wanted to better use my OS/2 workstations but because of handicaps of the OS and the old hardware, I only could do Seti@Home because that was the only project that had a client for OS/2. Now that I have moved onto better hardware and more modern operating systems, I am glad to be part of more than one project. Never a worry about lack of work when a project has troubles.