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About me

About me

I got started in amateur astronomy in 2007 when my wife gave me a little 4 inch Celestron newtonian on a simple GEM mount.
I had no idea what would be in store for me the first time I set it up and looked at the moon.
Having only the dimmest conception of what was out there from seeing images taken by Hubble on the news and in magazines I was simply blown away by the view that I saw in that cheap little 32 mm eyepiece.
I was amazed at how well I could see all the craters, oceans of flat grey Mare, and bright rays of ejecta from more recent impacts.
Once I got my fill of just looking, I wondered if it would be possible to get a photo of what I was seeing.
I took my cheap little point and shoot digital camera and held it up the eyepiece, let the camera auto-focus, and took a shot.
I was impressed by the results. I took a bunch more and then decided to do some research on-line to see if other people were taking pictures using a telescope.
While on-line I stumbled across a great amateur astro site called CLOUDY NIGHTS. Cloudy nights has a fantastic astrophography section and I soaked up a ton of information on how to setup a scope, camera, and computer processing to produce a beautiful astro image.
Soon I was shopping for a better scope - one that would track the sky automatically while my camera had the shutter open so I could take images of the more faint and distant deep sky objects. I swapped my cheap little point and shoot for an old used Nikon DSLR and then I really got hooked.
I eventually upgraded to my current setup with a Celestron C8 SCT on a CGEM mount, a 4 inch Orion refractor mounted on the C8 tube to allow wider field imaging and guided astrophotography, a modified Canon T5 DSLR, and a faster laptop that could collect my images as well as run photoshop for processing.
Of course the next thing was to have a dedicated place to do my observing and astro-imaging, so I built my own little observatory from an inexpensive, flat roof garden shed, and now I can probe the deepest corners of the universe capturing the stunning and intricate beauty of space.
I also joined the local Rochester area Astronomy club and now I can share all my experience with other like-minded amateurs. I now have several enlarged and framed prints of my work decorating the walls of my home.
For me nothing is more thrilling than watching a dim little blob of grey fuzz develop into a colorful spiral of blazing stars that I have captured and extracted myself using my own equipment.
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