Hi, my name is Steve and I live in the North East of England in the heart of industrial Tyneside, and this website is dedicated to my hobby of astronomy, in particular astro-imaging.
For me, this hobby is undertaken mostly within an urban environment from my modest roll-off-roof observatory; Cherry Tree, occasionally from the darker skies of UK star parties, and very occasionaly remotely from true dark skies from around the world.
The website started out as something to do during the long “hot” (usually wet) days of summer where northern latitudes mean a very rare supply of imaging opportunities, but has grown into a way of charting my experiences along the way after starting out in September 2007 and an easier way of showing images to friends and family. The blog is an excellent way of keeping a record of my own activities, but I also hope it will be a helpful resource to others along the way.
Please take a look at the ever increasing gallery of images. Where I can, I will try to showcase the efforts of other imager’s – there are some very talented astroimagers out there who are constantly raising the standards achieved by amateur imagers, often with modest equipment set-ups. Within the site I have tried to give an insight into the equipment and methodologies used in the aquisition and subsequent processing of astroimages.
Although imaging, and in particular observing, from urban skies is no match for doing it from a very dark site, it is still a lot of fun overcoming the challenges and trying to produce the best images you can.
Thanks for looking, Steve.