Michael A. Stecker
Dr M. Francois Du Toit
The passion for astronomy is shared by my wife, who started it all many years ago. My astrophotography is very much at amateur level, but I get great satisfaction out of squeezing the maximum out of the equipment at my disposal and designing and making my own brackets, piers etc.
I am a
member of the Astronomical Society of South Africa and also serve on the
committee of the Port Elizabeth People's Observatory where we have a very
old 8" Cooke refractor. This facility is open to the public on a regular
regard public outreach as very important and am currently involved in an
advising capacity with the Dept. of Physics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
here in Port Elizabeth. We are in the process of establishing an
observatory on a guest farm about 170 km out of town - beautiful dark
skies! We often present lectures, slideshows and a "star party" there.
While this observatory will also be open to the general public, its main
aim is to bring astronomy to schoolchildren and students.
 Few short notes and images of Transit of Mercury and Transit of Venus recently in the ASSA magazine.
 Astronomy Picture of the Day: 14 May 2004 - The grazing occultation of Zubenelgenubi during the lunar eclipse of 4 May 2004.
Images published on Astronomy Magazine's. website and various other
ProOptic Maksutov with full aperture sunfilter.
Canon EOS 300D SLR - at primefocus or piggyback.
SBIG STV for autoguiding as well as imaging - "stack and accumulate" with H-Alpha 10 nm filter etc.
Digital Camcorder used afocally on the telescopes.