Level of accuracy: Bursa, Turkey
I was born on 2nd June, 1977 in Bursa, Turkey. I
have always been interested in astronomy as far as I remember. One close
conjunction memory burned in my brain turned out to be on 14th June 1983,
a very high conjunction of the Moon and Venus; according to investigation
on a desktop planetarium. My first observation (recorded) was on
29th February 1992. First astrophotograpy came late 1992. I bought my
first telescope, a 80 mm newtonian, in 1993.
I have always lived in Bursa apart from the years spent in Ankara for a
college education. In that time, I and some friends in Middle East
Technical University's AAS organized a trip to Kastamonu for 500 people to
see the total Solar eclipse of 1999. After graduating as a civil engineer
in 2002, I try to spend as much time as possible to observe the heavens,
mostly from back home. But weekend escapes to Ankara, Uludag, Izmir or
Antalya are always welcome. My other hobbies
are Bird watching, nature photography, geology, skiing and trekking.
Areas of interest
After all these years, I think I like taking standard or wide angle
pictures of sky with foreground, preferably with planets and the Moon.
Others: Eclipses (of course); close conjunctions or occultations of bright
with/by the Moon; all-sky photograpy; time-lapse composites or movies,
especially retrograde motion; meteor showers.
Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope
Night Sky (Atlas,Turkish
"How To Identify The Night Sky" by
"Practical Astronomy" by Strom Dunlop (3 photos)
"Night Wonders" by Jane Ann Peddicord
"The Story of Science" by Joy Hakim
2002 calendar by American Museum of Natural History
back cover photo; Fly From August, The
Distant Light Travels
2005 Amateur Astronomy Symposium in
Permanent Exhibit, Denver Museum of Natural Sciences
Many daily newspapers and news websites in Turkey
(articles) and a few international ones
My prime observing spot is the rooftop of my apartment block in Bursa,
Turkey, with a fine (but
light-polluted) view in all directions, but south.
Latitude:40d 11'N, Longitude: 29d 2'E
Due south and southeast of my home lies
Uludag, the highest mountain in the region, rising 2543 meters above sea
level. This mountain is a national park and a ski resort as well has a
good road up to 1865 meters, my dark sky heaven (Ml~7).
I occasionally travel to Ankara, where I went to college (Middle East
Technical University) to meet
friends and go to Beynam Forest (40 km south of Ankara). The place is
around 1400 m above sea level (39d 40'N, 33d 5'E) (Ml~6.5, except for due
North). Another good place for observing for me is around
Antalya, by the Mediterranean Sea. A few degrees to the South really
helpes. Best spot near Kas (36d 12'N, 29d 38'E) (Ml~6.8).
Meade 8" LX10 SCT
Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) SLR
Zenit 12XP SLR (for really cold conditions, my first camera since 1993)
Pentax Spotmatic SLR
home-made medium format all-sky camera,
home-made barn-door drive (since 1996).
Philips TouCam Pro 740 webcam
Adobe Photoshop 6,
Grasshopper's ImageAlign 1.2.1