Michael A. Stecker
 masmd@sbcglobal.net
 


 


Thomas V. Davis, D.O.
Inkom, Idaho
U.S.A.

 



Contact information
e-mail
tvdavis@allidaho.com

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websites
astophotography: http://www.tvdavisastropics.com
professional: http://www.seigastro.com/
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Locator Map
http://www.frappr.com/apppublic
Level of accuracy: town of Inkom, Idaho U.S.A.


Biography
Like a lot of amateur astronomers, I started taking images of the night sky because what I saw through the eyepiece was not what I was seeing on the printed page.  As a boy, I frequented our local library and checked out every astronomy book that I could find.  I would spend countless hours looking over the pictures taken by professional astronomers from places like Palomar Mountain and Mt. Wilson.  When I finally got my first telescope (age 12) I was less than impressed by what I saw.  The little (60mm) Sears refractor didn't show me any of the fantastic images that I saw in those books.  None-the-less, I was able to see the rings of Saturn and "bam" I was hooked.   It wasn't until years later that I was able to return to the night sky.  After finishing school, my family and I moved to southeast Idaho.  The sky was darker than anywhere I had previously lived -- so I started back into astronomy.  I first imaged with film; an OM-1 piggybacked on a Celestron-8 SCT.  After some success I decided to go with CCD imaging.  My first camera was an ST-237 with color wheel.  It helped me learn the process of taking color CCD images and begin down the road of image processing.   I live at 5745 feet above sea level on the east side on Bonneville Peak.  I enjoy magnitude 6.7-6.8 skies but my seeing does suffer due to the mountains in the area and the frequency of the jet stream.

Astrophotography publications
Magazines
BBC Sky at Night Magazine
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websites
APOD (NASA)
Universe Today
Utah Skies
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Newspapers
Idaho State Journal, Pocatello, ID;  Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID;
Post Register,
Idaho Falls, ID

Observing site
Starsearch Observatory, Inkom, ID
N 42deg 47 00,  W 112deg 10 00  elevation 1747m

Astronomical Equipment
Telescopes
10 f/4  custom aspherical Mak-Newt astrograph
Astro-Physics 155EDF f/7
Astro-Physics 105EDF f/6
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Mounts
Astro-Physics 1200GTO
Losmandy G-11
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Cameras
SBIG STL-11000M
SBIG ST-10XME
SBIG ST-402E
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Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Photoshop CS2, CCDStack

 

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