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Nicolas Outters
Orange - Haute Savoie
alpes du nord

Contact information
astro: http://www.astrosurf.com/nico.outters/astro
golf pro: http://www.golfdemornex.com
Locator Map
Level of accuracy: region of Orange-Haute Savoie, France


I, Nicolas Outters am 40 years old, married with two children and the owner and person in charge for compact golf near Geneva, Switzerland.

My interest in astronomy started in Christmas 1999 with an unexpected gift from my wife Isabelle --  a pair of 10/50 binoculars.   After some observations of the moon and satellites and following some research on the Internet I decided to invest in the purchase of a Celestron C-8 telescope.  In September, 2000 I began my first observations of the moon and planets with a quickcam v and an old computer and in June 2001 I bought  a Skysensor 2000 PC  and that was...... laaaaaaaaaaaa revelation:  the sky was now prooooooooooooofondly  revealed.

 In 2002 serious deep sky imaging started with the purchase of my first true CCD camera -- an Audine kaf401e. The step was crossed and a passion for astrophotography was born and has not ceased growing.  In August 2002, I bought a Meade LX200 12-inch SCT and an  SBIG ST9E camera.  This was followed by Takahashi FS102 and TEC140 (980mm focal length) apo refractors, Nikon 300 and 180mm f/ 2.8 telephoto lenses, a SBIG ST10XME CCD camera and a Paramount ME 4000 german equatorial mount.  I have recently completed building a permanent home observatory.

Areas of interest
Deep sky, especially nebulae.

Observing site
Home Observatory
since September, 2003
Orange - haute savoie - alpes du nord - FRANCE
altitude : 1060 meters, limit altitude viewing: 20 on the east-south.  North is polluted.

Astronomical Equipment
TEC140 apo refractor with Robofocus
Nikon 300mm f/2.8
Nikon 180mm f/2.8 ED lens

Paramount ME 4000 mks

CCD camera
Filters : Astrodon Ha LRGB

CCDautopilot2, CCDsoftv5, The Sky6 pro, Sigma beta11, Adobe Photoshop CS


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