Here is a selection of my astronomical photographs.
For anyone who hasn't tried astrophotography, it is an astoundingly
difficult and often frustrating endeavor. Those beautiful
images of swirling galaxies, glowing emission nebulae, and
colorful planets don't just happen by pointing a telescope
and pushing a button (well, at least not with an old uncomputerized
telescope like mine). They require hours of searching and
squinting, backbreaking hauling of heavy, cold, and expensive
equipment in the dark, frostbitten fingers and hours of patient
coaxing of pixels or film. So, why do it? Why do it when we
know that we can never match the images coming back from the
Hubble or Keck telescopes? Well, part of it is the challenge.
Part of it is the satisfaction and little bit of thrill at
seeing an occasional beautiful and otherworldly image captured
entirely by me and my humble little telescope and camera.
However, perhaps the most important thing
for me is that it makes astronomy real. Those ridiculous sounding
facts and figures about our unimaginably tiny place in the
universe somehow seem just a little more real when you have
the actual experience of peering through a telescope eyepiece
at a tiny distant orb that is actually another world. I enjoy
photographing the skies as a way to better see and apprecate
what's up there. While I'm not as fanatical and dedicated
as many true astrophotographers are, I find that with a little
patience I am periodically granted an opportunity to capture
some pleasing and occasionally amazing images. I hope you
enjoy them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.