Michael A. Stecker
After school I decided to study civil engineering. Now I have my own engineering office named itr-GmbH, which I currently manage. Since 2000 I married to Kathrin an we have a little daughter called Christina.
My first contact with
astronomy was at the age of sixteen. At Christmas, my parents gave me a
little TUSCO Refractor.
With that scope I
discovered the Moon valleys and Mountains and of course those amazing
craters. I was very fascinated
from that scope, but
after a few years, I lost the interest with this scope. My next scope was
a TAL-1. This 4” Newton telescope
made a lot of fun.
With this scope I’ve made my first experiences in deep sky observing. Two
years later I bought a 12” Dobson Telescope.
With this Dobson I’ve
made my first steps in astrophotography by imaging the moon and the
planets with a webcam.
Silence – nothing you can
hear, and of course nothing you can see. A few minutes later, the dog
growl again. I took the
flashlight once more and looked to the dog. He trembled full of fear. He
came to me to seek shelter from – yes from what ? Now I searched around
with my flashlight once more. And I found
the reason – it was a
very very young cat !!! This big dog was scared of this sweet little