Level of accuracy: Rijswijk,
I was born in The Hague on March 10, 1981, exactly 4 years after the
discovery of the rings around Uranus. According to my grandma, I have been
interested in the moon and stars since I was a little child. The
appearance of comet Hale-Bopp in 1997 really took me into astronomy. I
read every book on the subject where I could get my hands on and began
saving money for a telescope. I came in contact with members of the public
astronomical observatory in Rijswijk, from whom I have learned a lot. I
still enjoy visiting the observatory, although sky conditions there are
bad due to severe light pollution. One day a guy took me with him to a
national park called the “Hoge Veluwe” to pursue astrophotography. The
Hoge Veluwe forms one of the biggest nature reservation areas in the
Netherlands with relatively dark skies. This guy, named Robbert,
became my mentor in astrophotography and still inspires me.
Areas of interest
Mainly astrophotography of the deep-sky.
Zenit (Dutch astronomy magazine)
Star trails image in “Sterrengids 2004” (Dutch almanac).
Star trails image in “Handboek Sterrenkunde” (Dutch
beginners guide to astronomy).
Image of M42 printed on a 6 x 4 m canvas displayed in the stairway of the
central library of Rotterdam.
The Netherlands: nature reservation area the “Hoge Veluwe”.
France: Alpes de Haute Provence.
BORG 101 mm (4”) ED-refractor f/4 & f/6.4
INTES 150 mm (6”) MK-67 Maksutov-Cassegrain f/12
INTES 150 mm (6”) MK-69 Maksutov-Cassegrain f/6
LZOS MC MTO-11 CA 100 mm (4”) Maksutov-Cassegrain f/11
Losmandy GM-8 with wooden Baäder-Planetarium tripod.
Olympus OM-1n 35-mm SLR-camera body
Mamiya M645 medium format SLR-camera body
Mamiya Sekor-C 80 mm f/2.8 medium format lens.
Mamiya Sekor-C 210 mm f/4 medium format lens.
I am a constructional engineer by profession and involved in project
management for leading Dutch developers like ING Real Estate and MAB
Bouwfonds, doing supervision on large-scale projects.