Michael A. Stecker


Brad Moore
Melbourne, Victoria


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Melbourne, Australia

I was born in 1977 in Melbourne Australia. My interests in astronomy started in the mid 1980's when my grandfather purchased a Tasco 4.5" Newtonian telescope and showed me Saturn.

I work for VPN Solutions Pty Ltd as the State Manager of Victoria providing Wide Area Networks (VPN's) to Corporate Australia. I started my career in the mid 1990's in the data comms and telecommunications industry, which has provided me with a strong technical background, which I find very useful in this hobby.  I have a very supportive wife, a baby girl due in early April 2006 and two Golden Labradors.

 I have to confess that I'm not much of a visual astronomer as my primary interests are with CCD imaging, which was fuelled by the purchase of a Meade Schmidt-Newtonian 254mm telescope back in early 2003.  After learning the basics of CCD imaging with a Digital Camera I then moved onto a Meade LX200Gps 254mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope in mid 2004. This telescope was my major learning platform up to mid 2005.  After reaching the imaging limitations of the LX200Gps I decided to purchase a RC Optical Systems 317mm Ritchey-Chrétien and William Optics 80mm Refractor which is my current imaging platform.

I consider myself an easy going approachable guy. I often find myself going out of my way to help others learn the art and science of CCD imaging. Feel free to drop me an email.

Areas of interest
Southern hemisphere high resolution deep sky CCD imaging of nebulas, galaxies and
star clusters

Astrophotography publications
NASA's Astrophoto of the Day (Tarantula Nebula)

Observing site
Home observatory
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Approximately: S38 04, E145 24. 90 Meters,
Magnitude 5.2

Astronomical Equipment
12.5-inch RC Optical Systems Ritchey-Chrétien Open Truss
80 mm William Optics Megrez FD
Paramount ME

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