Sky & Telescope Webinar

07/21/2017 |

I'll be doing a live webinar with Sky & Telescope on August 2nd, 2017 on Deepsky Astrophotography. If you miss the webinar, you can also purchase the video after the fact. Details here.

 

Going Wide

06/13/2017 |
Going WideThis album will be home to wide field shots. I'll define wide field here as shooting through a 300mm camera lens or shorter rather than a scope. These images may still be guided, and they may be CCD or DSLR shots. Many beautiful vistas are actually very large expanses of sky.

My Gear

04/30/2017 |
My Gear

Some beauty or just vanity shots if you will of some of my favorite equipment setups. I have quite the arsenal at my disposal since I work on the software that controls much of this gear.

I like to camp to get to dark sky locations too, so it's both a job and a passion. Best combonation possible, right?

AIC Again

04/30/2017 |

I'm honored to report that I'll be speaking again at this years Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose (2017). I've been asked to give a short talk abot "Ethics in Astrophotography", which is going to be a challenging and potentially controversial topic. Looking forward to it!

Messier Marathon

04/30/2017 |
Messier Marathon
The list of Messier objects (created initially by Charles Messier) is often simply referred to numerically as M1, M2, etc. Visual observers will often in the spring (when this is possible) partake in a "Messier Marathon" where they attempt to observe the entire list in a single night.

This is my own personal photographic Messier Marathon, and it's years in the making and still ongoing. Many of these images are old, and show my inexperience as I was learning the ropes. 

Galaxies

04/30/2017 |
Galaxies

There are more galaxies in the universe than grains of sand on earth, and each contains billions of stars, many likely with planets as well. In some galaxies you can even see reddish star forming regions that correspond to the reddish nebula we see in our own Milky Way.

Upcoming Talks

03/23/2017 |

I'll be speaking at this years NEAIC on the topic of "Choosing a Camera for Astrophotography", and I'm very honored to have been invited back to the next AIC (Advanced Imaging Conference) where I'll be speaking on "Ethics In Astrophotography".

Nebulae

03/11/2017 |
NebulaeNebulae (the plural of Nebula) are among the most beautiful targets for the astrophotographer. In the largest telescopes, nebulae reveal little of their color and structure to the human eye, but to the camera - Ooh, la la! Nebulae come in two primary categories. The first is "Emission", which contain gas that glows of it's own accord because of nearby stellar radiation. "Reflection" nebula are mostly inert gas, and reflect light, usually from a nearby bright star.

Nightscapes

03/05/2017 |
NightscapesYou don't need an expensive telescope or computerized mount to take great pictures of the sky. A wide field lens, and even a zoom lens can be used on an inexpensive tripod to great effect.

Narrow Band

01/05/2017 |
Narrow BandThe addition of a 3nm Astrodon Hyrdogen Alpha filter to my QSI CCD was a fantastic additinon to my toolset. The great beauty of this wavelength is that it's imprevious to suburban light pollution, and more or less immune to moonlight. Over time I've acquired more cameras and more narrowband filters of different wavelengths and band passes (the wider Ha filters are affected by Moonlight... btw). I love shooting narroband as the images tend to be very high contrast and show details often missed in broadband color images.