I became interested 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.
Today my telescope is located 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.