The Accidental Astronomer


My true artistic passion is photography. When it comes to my astronomy, I really like to take pictures too. Visually, I love the Moon, Sun, planets, and star clusters. Most nebula and galaxies do not impress me through the eyepiece (unless you have a really big Dobsonian… I have a 14″ and it does pretty well on galaxies I must say).  Galaxies and nebula never impressed me through the eyepiece when all I had was an 8″ scope and the first time I put a camera on it… I was ruined for life — and happily so!

Just a boy and his toys at the Winter Star Party

I am fortunate and honored that my work has appeared in the pages of Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Magazine, Amateur Astronomy, Astronomy Technology Today, Sky at Night, Time Magazines Web site, Universe Today, Space Weather, and many others, including an APOD. I’m also honored to have been invited to speak on the topic of astrophotography at countless star parties, and several imaging conferences and seminars. I’ve also won a few awards and contests, and this is gratifying; it’s not why I do it, but it is nice to be recognized and to have my skills measured as I attempt to improve them.

My online gallery and blog specifically about astrophotography is now over here:

I’m also on Astrobin here: