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.
The astronomical gallery is broken into sections for those that would like to see those types of photographs. On the home page I have a graphic titled Astronomical is a gallery of the best of astronomical photography I have done.