Level of accuracy: Upper Austria
For my "day job," I am a calculation engineer
for a local company. My engineering background and the software
knowledge helps a lot for my work in astrophotography. When I was a boy I
was fascinated by the images of Jupiter and Saturn taken by Voyager2. I
wanted to see these planets with my own eyes, so I bought a star map and
some astronomy books. The planets were easily found and was the beginning
of my fascination with astronomy: I first started with 7x50
binoculars, but soon upgraded to a 6" Newtonian reflector. I wanted
to learn more about the astronomical objects, so studied them along with
technical physics in Vienna. After my studies I decided to work as
an engineer in the industry and to do astronomy as a hobby, which was a
very good decision. Astrophotography is a lot of fun and I am sure
that this will not change
for the rest of my life.
In the last 15 years I used a lot of equipment. After doing some black and
white chemical photography with my 6" Newton (TP2415), I built a 12"
dobson for visual observing. The next step was CCD photography with my
self-made Cookbook CCD camera. With a new mount for the 12" Newton I could
do chemical color photography. The change to digital photography (Canon
EOS10D) was a big step forwards. In 2004 I bought a 4" APO from TeleVue
and a cooled CCD
camera from SBIG, which was a very good decision.
Areas of interest
photography of deep sky objects, especially galaxies and star clusters
I live in Austria in a flat valley on the north side of the Alps
(altitude: 400 m). Most of the photographs currently in my gallery
were taken from the backyard with my mobile equipment.
In winter times, when the weather is foggy, I observe on a nearby hill
(sea level 920 m). An observatory is planned for the future (especially
for the 12" Newton).
TeleVue NP101 (4" APO refractor )
12" Newton f = 1502 mm
Canon EOS 10D