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Sidewalk Astronomers    1946 Vedanta Place     Hollywood, California, 90068   [email protected]

President Bill Scott - USA

Board Member Denis Svechkarev - Ukraine


Denis Svechkarev, Ph.D., research scientist, Institute for Chemistry

at Kharkov V. N. Karazin National University.

My passion to astronomy started in 1994, when SL9 crashed into Jupiter. Currently, popularization of astronomy remains one of my main interests. I taught astronomy at the high school level and wrote a popular book for beginning amateurs. Since 2002 I have led the Ukrainian Astronomical Forum which became one of the most attended amateur events in our

country. My activities in sidewalk astronomy started in 2001 with translation of JD's Plans for Building a Sidewalk Telescope into Russian. Years after, I still believe that this is the simplest, shortest, and thus - the most effective way to bring the passion of astronomy to public.

Other interests in astronomy: visual observing, deep-sky photography, comets, eclipses. Other hobbies: photography, tourism.


Board Member Sergey Karpov - Russia

Board Member Antonio De Silva - Brazil

Managing Director Donna Smith - USA




Solar Coordinator - Pamela Shivak




Board Member Jeffrey Jacobs - USA

Jeffrey Jacobs is President of Jacobs Entertainment Inc, a film buying, production and marketing firm.  He has 35 years of experience in the production, distribution, marketing and exhibition of American independent and international cinema. He was the founding film buyer for the Angelika Film Center in New York City from 1989 until 1997and the Managing Director and Film Buyer of the Paris Theatre from 1997 to 2009.  He programs 47 movies screens nationally. He is the producer and director of “A Sidewalk Astronomer” a documentary film featuring John Dobson which has been seen widely on American and international public television. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and received an M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Film and Television at UCLA. 

Board Member Shahid Saleem - Sweden

Swedish Amateur Astronomer    
Passionate about Flying and exploration of the universe from early age.
  • Member of several Swedish Astronomical societies.
  • Chief of Egna Vingar Flying Acadamy to train Private Pilots.
  • Founder of Egna Vingar Foundation in Sweden to promote natural sciences, Flying and Astronomy among children and youth.
  • Actively involved in Side-Walk astronomy
  • Organiser of annual Astronomy Camp for youth in Sweden.
  • Deliver lectures at schools about Astronomy and exploring the universe.