Michael A. Stecker


Chris Cook
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Contact information

Locator Map
Level of accuracy: Cape Cod region, MA, USA

I have been photographing the night sky and environs for over 18 years. I have been fortunate enough to have my images published in local, national and international publications, a music CD cover, corporate brochures and annual reports. Image awards include the 1995 Texas Star Party "Best Deep Sky Photograph", the 1989 NCRAL astrophotography contest, Astronomy magazine's "Best Astrophoto Award", and a finalist in LIFE magazine's "1999 Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards For Magazine Photography". I currently live with my wife Jennifer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  My images are represented by Photo Researchers, Inc. stock agency, the world leader in space & scientific photography.

Areas of interest
Deep-sky & aurora photography along with lunar & planetary webcam imaging.  I also enjoy fine-art landscape as well as portraiture and wedding photography.    

Astrophotography publications
Sky & Telescope (US),  Astronomy (US),  Night Sky (US),  Sky & Space (Australia), 
Astronomy Now (UK),  Coelum (
ItalyGEO (Germany),  Stars & Universe (South Korea), 
Aktuel Astronomi (Denmark)

The Orange County Register: Orange County, California.
The Cape Cod Voice: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Explorations, a text by Thomas T. Arny Ph.D.
Peterson's Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, 4th Edition by Jay M. Pasachoff
Astronomy - A Visual Guide by Mark A. Garlick
Practical Astronomy by Storm Dunlop
Deep Sky Observer's Guide by Neil Bone

WHDH Channel 7 NBC - Boston, Massachusetts
WIFR Channel 23 CBS - Rockford, Illinois

Corporate Brochures & Annual Reports
PDI, Inc. - 2000 Annual Report - Saddle River, New Jersey
PDI, Inc. - Medical Devices & Diagnostics sales brochure - Saddle River, New Jersey

Online Publications
"StarTales" a publication of Lowell Observatory - Flagstaff, Arizona
"Astronomy Picture Of The Day" for July 2 & August 20, 2003 

NASA's "Spaceweather.com" site for June 27, 2003, April 28, 2004 & April 30, 2004 
"Lunar Photo of the Day" for October 21, 2004 
Image gallery -
"SPACE.COM" for June 2004 & November 2004

Observing site
My home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Remote Sites
Sites near Desert Center, California; Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Tierra del Sol, California; Mt. Laguna, California; Palomar Mountain, California
OCA Anza Site, California; Mt. Pinos, California; Sunglow Ranch, Arizona

Astronomical Equipment
Takahashi FS102 - 102mm f/8 fluorite APO refractor
TeleVue TV102 - 102mm f/8.6 APO refractor
Celestron 8" f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain
and several others


Losmandy G11 equatorial mount

Film Equipment
Nikon FTn, F2A, F3 and F3HP 35mm format camera bodies
several Nikkor lenses
Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 Ai fisheye 
Hasselblad 500C medium format camera body with 
50mm f/4 Zeiss Distagon, 80mm f/2.8 Zeiss Planar and 150mm f/4 Zeiss Sonnar lenses

Digital/CCD cameras
Nikon Coolpix 800 digital camera
Philips ToUCam Pro webcam
(SBIG) ST-4 autoguider

Computers & Software
3.0GHz Pentium 4 HT with 2.0GB RAM - desktop 
2.66GHz Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM - notebook
350MHz Pentium II MMX with 320MB RAM - desktop
Adobe Photoshop CS, Registax 2.1.1
VueScan 7.6.18, Pleadies Software SGBNR & PixInsight LE,
Dight Light & Color Picture Window Pro 2.5, Registar 1.06

Active Professional Photographer - Owner and President of Chris Cook Photography


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