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
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
(Italy), Le Stelle, Nuovo Orione,
Vatican Observatory Calendars (AZ) for 2005 and 2006
Nuovo Orione Calendar 2006
RAI1, RAI3, RAI
Edu "A scuola di stelle"
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
BRC-250 (Baker Ritchey Chretien) 10-inch, F/5
Takahashi FSQ-106 refractor
Takahashi FS-128 refractor
Astro-Physics 600E Servo
Giovanni with his Takahashi BRC-250 telescope and AP-1200