Michael A. Stecker
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Michael A. Stecker, M.D.
Los Angeles, California

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Stecker Family
Weiss Family
Lehner Family

I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1943, but grew up and was educated in Detroit, Michigan where I attended Hampton Elementary and Mumford High School.  I received the B.S. (1964) and M.D. (1968) degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Then it was off to Iowa City where I did
my internship and a small research project in cochlear disease at University Hospital.  After internship and at the height of the Viet Nam war, I was "encouraged" to join the U.S. Army Medical Corps and spent two years on a beautiful Army Security Agency (ASA) Station in Sonoma County called
Two Rock Ranch (west of Petaluma, California and about an hours drive north of San Francisco).  I did my residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Southern California’s L.A. County General Hospital followed by a fellowship in neuroradiology. I have lived in West Los Angeles
continuously to this date.

Initiation into astrophotography started in 1986 when I decided to "take a few pictures of Comet Halley", but instead instead became hooked on the hobby.  Most of my astrophotography was done at 8300 ft. Mt. Pinos – a gathering site for astrophotographers and observers alike in Southern
California.  I have also done some astrophotography at the Anglo-Australian Observatory (Siding Springs), Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in
Chile and Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.  I am a former member of the Santa Monica Amateur Astronomy Club and the Los Angeles
Astronomical Society.  My other interests are travel, scenic photography, reading and tropical fish.

Astrophotography publications

Angkasa (Indonesia), Astronomy, Astronomy Now (UK), CCD Astronomy (Sky Publishing), Ciel et Espace
(France), Coelum (Italy), Il Cielo (Italy), Deep Sky (Kalmback Publishing), Discovery Magazine, Observatory Techniques,
Sky and Space, Sky and Telescope, Smithsonian,  Southern Sky (Australia), Temmon Guide (Japan),
Deep-Sky Observer (Webb Society).

Astro-Box (Octopus PublishingGroup), Astronomy (New Holland Publishing), Atlas of Space (Aladdin Books), Bedroom Astronomy (Klutz), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars (J. Kaler), Cambridge Guide to Astronomical Discovery (W. Liller), , Cambridge Starfinder, Collins Encyclopedia of the Universe, Comets!: Visitors from Deep Space (Cambridge University Press), DK Guide to Constellations, DK Our Mysterious Universe, EL for Africa (MacMillan), Exploring Space, Extreme Universe (Channel 4 Books), Eyewitness Astr., Facts at your Fingertips, Heaven & Earth, Killers in Space (Pioneer), Solar System (Arcturus),  Space Book (Arcturus), Pearson Education Mega Max, Myth of Americas (Anness Publishing), New Astronomer (Dorling Kindersley), One time World, Philip's Night Sky Atlas, Philip's Complete Guide To Stargazing, Philip's The Universe (Toucan Books), Space Book (3D Eye), Spektrum Sternbilder, Secrets of the Universe (M-Press), Space Encyclopedia (Dorling Kindersley), Starfire Stars & Planets (The Foundry), Stargazing 2005 (Philips), Stargazing 2006 (Philips), Stargazing 2007 (Philips), Stargazing With With Binoculars, Stargazing With a Telescope,  Structures in Space (Springer-Verlag), Telescope & Techniques (Springer-Verlag), Through the Eyes of Hubble (Robert Naeye), Universal Atlas (Philip), Universe (Dorling Kindersley), Universe (Marshall Ed.), Universe Bind-Up (Kingfisher), Young People's Book of Space.

Radiology, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Angewandte Chemie Internat

Television (BBC)
Extreme Machines III, Space, Comets, Pioneer Universe 2001 Big Bang, Space Odyssey (BBC Worldwide)


Additional Photos

Stecker family 1945 (left to right): Samuel, Michael, Stephen, Shelly


Dr. Martin Huber (right), Director of Space Science at the European Space Agency and I were both
speakers at the European Astrofest meeting in London, England


Douglas Richstone (left), Chairman of Astronomy at the University of Michigan and
Michael Stecker at the Steward Mirror Lab in 2005 for casting of first mirror of the
Giant Magellan Telescope
(to be largest telescope in the world)