-2017 Solar Eclipse
|Hi, I'm Russ and this is my
astrophotography site. I consider myself an intermediate-level
amateur astrophotographer. Besides a place to show off my
photos, I'd like to share my experiences, both for people
to know what this hobby is like, and for people to be
able to duplicate (or exceed) my "accomplishments".
My gallery will be a little bit different from others you may see on the web - I'm not just going to include my best pictures, but some of my not-so great ones as well. That way, people can see the progress and the learning curve. I encourage you to read my blog . Among other things, it will help a lot in understanding how much time and effort goes into each of these pictures, and how exactly they are taken.
In the summer of 2006, I upgraded my telescope to the Orion Atlas 11 and an Orion ED-80 piggybacked on top for a guide scope and for wide angle imaging. In 2016 I added an Explore Scientific 127CF. And in 2017 I added a pier through my deck. My cameras are a Meade Deep-Sky Imager III Pro and DMK31AU03 planetary camera. I use Meade's imager applet to take the pictures and Registax, Panavue Image Assembler, and Adobe Photoshop to process them. I use StarryNight for star charts.
I do most of my work from my deck. My equipment is big (about 150lb altogether), so it takes quite a bit of effort to go anywhere else, but I occasionally drive to the Poconos to set up in a random parking lot with darker, clearer skies.
Enjoy my site!
....A note on the background