Michael A. Stecker


Ken Crawford
Rancho Del Sol Camino, California


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Level of accuracy: Rancho Del Sol Camino, California

I have been in the floor and window covering business in one way or another since 1978.  I started right out of high school in Gary, Indiana and moved to Placerville, California in July of 1978.  In 1985 I bought the floor covering store I was working for and my wife and I built the business together.  In 1996 we joined Carpet One (www.carpetone.com) and have been blessed with the largest Floor and Window Covering store in our county.
I have been interested in Astronomy since I was a kid and built a 6 reflector in 8th grade.  Once I moved to our current location I fell in love with the dark skies and was involved with visual Astronomy until I bought an Apple II computer in 1982 and Astronomy took a big back seat for several years.  In 2001 I bought a new Nexstar 11 and loved the computer connection to the telescope and soon after bought an SBIG 237a and sat out in the cold and took a 10 second image of the Ring Nebula.  From that moment on I was hooked which lead to my addiction to this wonderful hobby.  One of the best benefits of this hobby are the wonderful people who share the same passion of imaging and who freely share their knowledge and support.  I am the luckiest guy in the world who not only got to marry his high school sweet heart but also found a wife who is  very supportive of my endeavors in this hobby.
  Serving as Treasurer on the board of the Advanced Imaging Conference allowed me to meet many other imagers. 

Astrophotography publications
Astronomie Magazine, Astronomy, Astronomy Now, BBCSky at Night,
Ceil & Espace, FoothillSyle, Practical Astronomer, Sky and Telescope
Astronomy / 365 Days
The Arp Atleas of Perculiar Galaxies
The Beautiful Universe
The New Astro Zone System for Astro Imaging
NASA's Astrophoto of the Day (APOD)

Observing site
Rancho Del Sol Observatory (home)
 roll-off roof observatory
Lat: 38 degrees, 42.8 minutes North
Long: 120 degrees, 40 minutes West
Elevation: 3000 feet

Astronomical Equipment
20-inch RCOS
Paramount ME
Yankee Robotics Trifid II 6303E
IFW filter wheel Astrodon LRGB Ha OIII SII filter set
guided by ST402 Astrodon Rogue off axis guider


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