Welcome to my astrophotography website. I am an amateur astro-imager living in South Oxfordshire in the UK.
I’ve had an interest in astronomy from a young age, inspired by science fiction and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series. This led me, more or less, to study physics and astronomy to BSc level at Southampton University and during my studies I was lucky enough to spend some time at the Izaña Observatory on Tenerife. I’ve always maintained an interest in the subject, but for many years other things got in the way and it wasn’t until early 2011, when Stargazing Live hit TV screens in the UK, that I was inspired again to buy a small telescope…
My love of the night sky was soon rekindled and it was not long before I took my first, rather shaky, steps in to modern astro-imaging. After a lot of reading and with help from the friendly members of Stargazers Lounge my skills gradually improved and in May 2013 I had my first published image in Sky at Night Magazine, shortly followed by a Picture of the Month in Astronomy Now. I was surprised and delighted that in total I had five images published in newsstand magazines in 2013, probably more by luck than by judgement!
I was fortunate enough to have another eight images published in 2014 and early 2015 but then a new job - and a hefty commute - meant that I took an unexpected break from imaging that lasted four years. In 2019 I was able to start imaging again but I’ve found I have had to re-learn almost everything including setting up the equipment, the software I use to control the mounts, telescopes and cameras, and the data processing techniques, of course.
My interests are primarily deep sky astrophotography, that is to say recording objects that lie outside of our solar system, but I do take the occasional picture of the sun, the moon, and the brighter planets.