|My First Astrophoto - Dec 15, 2010|
How it all started
In my professional life I've worked in a contract/consulting capacity for all of the last twelve years. In that time I've spent an enormous amount of time on the road away from home working at client sites and kicking it in various hotels all over the United States. At times it has been a major grind and trying on my family but it has been relatively lucrative and it provides a good life for my amazing family. This was partially the reason that I gave up amateur astronomy back around 2005 - there simply wasn't enough time. If I left my wife and girls to go out observing for a weekend I felt guilty for coming home from the airport and disappearing to the desert, only to reappear in a couple of days and head back to the airport. Fast forward to 2010 and my girls are much older now - teenagers and beyond. I had been itching to jump back into the astronomy game and I had always kept astrophotography on my list of things that I must do before I die. At the time, I was still on the road every week - working in Las Vegas. Since I've never been one to gamble and my Irish liver threatened long ago to defect to another nationality if I didn't give up drinking, life in Las Vegas was quite monotonous. That's the real truth about my glamorous, rock star consulting lifestyle. There are huge amounts of time where it's truly downtime and there's nothing to do.
|M45 - Captured with my Canon 60D piggyback|
mounted on the CGEM mount. This was the 3rd
image I captured.
|M42 Region captured with a telephoto lens|
|Horsehead Nebula via Hyperstar|
My first Hyperstar image - 32 x 2 minutes
with a Canon 60D at f/2
|NGC 5139 - Omega Centuari|
32 x 45 Seconds @ ISO 1600 & f/2