Astronomical Photography became interesting in astronomy in 1969 when my parents gave me a 60mm refractor telescope for my 12th birthday. I started taking photographs of constellations in 1973 using a camera for 30 second exposures. In 1975 I used a 4-inch reflector and installed a clock drive for longer exposures. Finally, in 1976, I started taking photographs through the telescope using an 8-inch F/7 and continued film photography until 2001. I used Hyper 2145 film for black & white and Kodak slide film for color. I stated CCD Imaging in 2001 with a SBIG ST-7E CCD Camera. Today, I am still going strong with CCD imaging and currently own a Takahashi Epsilon 180 F/2.8 and a SBIG 16200 CCD.
My astrophotography is available for public outreach centers or other educational institutions at no change. I only ask to be given credit for the astronomy photos I have taken.
Today my telescope is in southwest Colorado at my friend’s observatory at 7,000 feet in very dark skies, and I control it remotely from Arizona with my friend Giuseppe Carmine Iaffaldano in Italy. I still enjoy astronomical photography and working for the visitor center at Kitt Peak opens the door for me in many ways. I enjoy nebula the most because of the rich color they offer. Milky way photography sitting under God’s beautiful sky above. I enjoy working with others starting out in astronomical photography with learning skills and software. I also have over 15 years experience in remote observatory operations. I have had many photographs publish in Astronomy and Sky & Telescope Magazines. In addition many photographs were published in a number of books around the whole and also used in software applications such as CCD Navigator.