Residing in Andover Massachusetts my interests are Skiing, Photography, Aviation, and Astronomy.
My passion for astronomy and astro-photography began in college when I took a series of courses offered by Dr. Mark Sylvestere in Plymouth, NH. After studying basic astronomy and learning about the solar system and the physics behind the motions of heavenly bodies, I was hooked. I used a Questar 3" Telescope in college to observe with and take pictures through. I quickly learned how telescopes work with cameras and soon realized that taking pictures to capture the beauty of nature beyond earth was going to be a lifelong hobby.
Twenty years later, I constructed a ten foot diameter fiberglass dome that houses a ten inch telescope equipped for CCD Imaging. The facility is operated remotely through the internet every clear night.
On those nights when moonlight interferes, I have been experimenting with narrow-band imaging using specialized filters that allow very select wavelengths of light through to the camera. This also reduces the effects of light pollution. These images are "false color" images but are scientifically interesting because they allow us to see different structures in deep sky objects that are often obscured in traditional color (RGB) images.
Astrophotography is a wonderful hobby and I highly recommend it. It is not easy, and if it were, I suspect it would not be nearly as fun. It can get expensive and consume a lot of your time. For those who decide to pursue it, the rewards in terms of personal satisfaction can be enormous.
Dr. Mark Sylvestre and his wife Kay (March 2004)
Total Lunar Eclipse - 10/27/2004
Example of Narrowband Image of M1 "The Crab Nebula"