and I have over 45 years of experience in photography with my main emphasis in astronomy and nature. I also work for Kitt Peak Visitor Center as the nighttime program coordinator. I have created and maintained this Web site for others to enjoy and am always updating it. My Web site also has information on CCD imaging which includes CCD equipment that is required, how to use a CCD camera with the telescope, and how to post-process your CCD Images. I sell my images on this site for the low cost of only $10 each. For this price you will receive a high resolution image to print anywhere you wish. You may also publish any images from this Web site as long as you give credit to Dean Salman – greatscenery.com
I became interested in astronomy in 1969 when my parents gave me a 60mm refractor telescope for my 12th birthday. However, I was not seeing the wonderful color displayed in the books I was reading, so I started taking photographs of constellations in 1973. I took my first photographs of the constellations with a simple film camera by taking 30 second exposure of constellations. In 1975 I used a 4-inch reflector and installed a clock drive for long exposures using just a camera. Finally, in 1976, I started taking photographs through the telescope using an 8-inch F/7 and continued film photography until 2001. I mainly did astrophotography with Hyper 2145 film for black & white and Kodak slide film for color.
In 2001, Rockett Crawford got me started CCD imaging with a SBIG ST-7E CCD Camera. Today, I am still going strong with CCD imaging and currently own a GSO RC 10-inch F/5.5 with a reducer and a QSI 583 WSG CCD. In 2005, I learned about remote observatories from my friend Mike Sherick's site in New Mexico, so I built my own backyard observatory and began using it remotely. 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.
My Web site is designed so that you can customize it for your location to get statistical information on the sun, moon, and planets. This includes lunar phases up to 2035, rise and set times, magnitudes, phases, RA and DEC positions, distances, and much more.
My Tutorial Channel
I am also the Night Program Coordinator at Kitt Peak Visitor Center. They offer public telescope observing program and astrophotography programs including workshops.
New: Programs available to get ready for the 2017 Total Eclpise.