Posted: June 11, 2020

Fascinated by both photography and the natural world from an early age, Blackhurst received his BA in Industrial-Scientific Imaging from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002. Following graduation, he returned to OPT (Oceanside Photo & Telescope, Inc.), where he had worked during high school and college. Eric was excited by the challenge of imaging the unseen and the un-seeable. Gaining understanding and practice in astronomical imaging quickly became a consuming mission. In the years since, he has been an operations manager, technical-sales agent, and support technician within the astronomy industry. Blackhurst has a long history of field work, with a wide variety of telescopes, tracking systems, and related instrumentation. This has led him to influence and support purchases and use of astronomical systems by countless educational institutions, private individuals, and both US and allied agencies.


  • Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA
  • B.A. Industrial Scientific Imaging, November 2002

Work Experience

Planewave Instruments

Director of Technical Sales & Product Manager
July 2017 – Present
Working with advanced-applications customers and internal engineers to identify and develop fit between Planewave Instruments products and challenging market needs. Influencing the roadmap and scheduling of new product and feature development.

OPT Corp, Inc.

General Manager
Managed general operations of the world’s largest astronomical equipment reseller, including but not limited to: Advertising & Marketing efforts, developmental oversight of two multi-thousand product ecommerce websites, sales management, support of advanced applications clients, and more… it was a privately owned small business.