Michael A. Stecker


Giovanni Benintende
Sant'Agata Li Battiati
Sicily, Italy


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Locator Map
Level of accuracy: region of eastern Sicily, Italy

My name is Giovanni Benintende, but my friends and relatives call me Gianni.  I live in Sicily,
Italy where I work as a business software developer.

I was born in 1960.  During childhood I was fascinated by astronomical images seen in books
and at age 13 discovered the beauty of the starry sky for myself on summer vacation in the countryside.  When I was forty years old, a friend with a little refractor introduced me to astronomical observation when he showed me Jupiter and its moons. At that moment I decided to acquire my first telescope.  In a couple of years I upgraded my equipment so I could capture the images I remembered from my youth and in the spring of 2003 took my first CCD astroimage.  My explosive passion for the hobby led to more purchases and I now own high quality instruments.  I have had the satisfaction of seeing many of my astroimages published in astronomy reviews, calendars and also in TV.

With graditude, I have to thank my astroimager friend Rich Jacobs from Arizona, who helped
me  set-up my first astroimaging equipment and patiently supported  and guided me through my
early days.

Astrophotography publications
see: http://www.astrogb.com/pubblicazioni.htm
 Coelum (Italy), Le Stelle, Nuovo Orione, Star Observer (Austria)
Official Vatican Observatory Calendars (AZ) for 2005 and 2006
Nuovo Orione Calendar 2006
RAI1, RAI3, RAI Edu "A scuola di stelle"

Observing sites
My Observing sites in Sicily are:
Borgo Franchetto, Morra, Tarderia, Mt. Etna north, 5000 ft s.l. and Mt. Lauro, 6400 ft s.l.,
the darkest sky in Sicily

Astronomical Equipment
see: http://www.astrogb.com/strumenti.htm
Takahashi BRC-250 (Baker Ritchey Chretien) 10-inch, F/5
Takahashi FSQ-106 refractor (4")
Takahashi FS-128 refractor (5")

Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Astro-Physics 600E Servo

CCD Camera

Giovanni with his Takahashi BRC-250 telescope and AP-1200 GTO mount


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