Authors and Contributors

Staff writers, editors, and other contributors



Richard Harris, Executive Editor


Richard Harris is the founder and editor of ScopeTrader, possessing over three decades of experience in the fields of astronomy and astrophotography. He directs The Ozark Hills Observatory, a facility renowned for its production of published astrophotography, including textbook circulation.

As an avid amateur astronomer and committed astrophotographer, Richard actively contributes to several esteemed organizations, including the Springfield Astronomical Society, the Amateur Astronomers Association, the Astronomical League, and the International Dark Sky Association.

In 2001, Richard invented the German Equatorial HyperTune process, an important innovation in astronomical equipment. He is a strong advocate for reducing light pollution and is dedicated to sharing astronomical knowledge and fostering appreciation for the creation of the universe.




Freeman Lightner, Editor


Freeman is a cosmologist at heart whose work is deeply intertwined with the philosophy of the creation and study of the universe. Living under dark rural skies, his backyard provides an ideal backdrop for his night-time observations and deep reflections.

Lightner's approach to cosmology is holistic, considering not just the physical aspects of the universe but also the metaphysical implications of existence and creation. 

His achievements include a Masters degree in Cyber Security so when he's not focused on the night sky or spending time with family, he's helping keep businesses secuure.




Russ Scritchfield, Contributor


Russ, a dedicated family man and passionate astrophotographer, has been capturing the wonders of the cosmos for years. Married with three children, Russ finds a balance between his family life and his deep-rooted love for exploring the night sky through his lens.




Other Contributors
Colin Mitchell
Colin Mitchell
Duncan Milburn
Duncan Milburn
Robert Majewski
Robert Majewski