Michael A. Stecker
The rest of the seventies was a low point as far as astronomy was concerned and I did not really get going again until the early eighties when I bought a C8 and then a Meade 2120, followed in 1986 by a C11. I tried some piggyback photography and was surprised how easy it was to get good results even from a light polluted location. The real astrophotography started when I got a Lumicon Giant Easy Guider, my pick as one of the best astronomical accessories of the twentieth century. I also got a film hyper sensitizing unit at about this time.
I joined the CCD revolution relatively early, buying a ST-6 in 1994. As with most people, I had intended to continue using film in parallel with the CCD work but this never happened. At about this time, I wrote some observing articles for the magazine “Southern Sky” which unfortunately only lasted about two years.
since continued with CCD imaging and now use a ST10-XME with a C14 mounted
on a Losmandy HGM-200. I’ve never really got into scientific work and
basically just do pretty pictures. I also write the occasional observing
article for the club magazine.