Photo samples

Photo samples

      My earliest astronomy pictures were actually taken in 1968. I had an old Kodak Brownie camera that used 620 film. I had rigged the camera to allow me to keep the shutter open for as long as I wanted so I could take long exposures of the sky. The problem was that the lens was not interchangeable and was wide angle; however, I obtained just enough detail to whet my appetite for more.
      I bought my first SLR 35mm camera while in high school in the early 1970s. Beginning with my 2.5-inch Jason-Empire refractor and continuing with my Criterion 6-inch Dynascope, I took many pictures of both the sun and Moon through the telescopes. Although the Criterion also had a clock-drive, I never shot pictures of anything else through it, but I did rig up a camera mount that allowed me to use the Criterion to guide the camera for wide shots of the sky. During the remainder of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s I used this set up to take pictures of comets and star fields. My camera lenses of choice were a 50mm, 135mm and 205mm.
      During the early 1990s I bought a camera tracking mount by Vista Intrument Co., which allowed me to use a camera tripod and my cameras to take shots of the sky. The mount tracked very well for periods of up to 20 minutes. I used this setup and the same lenses I had used for the last 15 years or so to take pictures of comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp during the period of 1996 and 1997. Some of my pictures can be seen in the following categories: