About Me 2016-12-27T17:34:42+00:00

About Ron Brecher…

Ron Brecher I was always interested in astronomy, but didn’t do anything much about it until January 1998.  Two things happened at that time.  First, my infant daughter cried a lot at night, so I spent a lot of time walking up and down the driveway looking at the stars (I live outside the city of Guelph).  Second, I ordered what I thought was a toy scope for my 3-year old son using Visa points.  What arrived was a 4.5 inch reflector.  Although the mount was terrible, I got breathtaking views of Saturn, Jupiter and  the Moon.  A friend gave me the book Nightwatch, which had a sidebar article called “Junk Scopes From Asia” accompanied by a photo showing MY scope! I realized that it was not my ability, but the inferior mount that was the problem, so I bought a serious scope: a Celestron Ultima 2000, one of the first fully goto scopes on the market.  The views blew me away.  I was hooked.  I never thought I’d get into astrophotography.  I remained a visual-only observer until about 2006, when I began to dabble with shooting the moon with a point-and-shoot camera held up to the eyepiece by hand.  Before getting into astrophotography I sketched quite a lot.  I still occasionally sketch the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn. I have been hunting deep sky treasures with my camera and telescope for many years now, and have used just about every type of camera, scope and mount, and many different software packages.  I currently use an SBIG STL-11000M mono camera (with filter wheel) for my deep sky imaging.  I shoot through an ASA 10″ Newtonian astrograph at either f/3.6 (900mm focal length) or f/6.8 (1700 mm) using a Paramount MX mount, and my equipment is housed in a SkyShed at my home.  I use CCD Commander to automate my imaging runs.  I also use a Stellarvue 80mm f/6 refractor for lunar photography and a 50mm f/8 Solar-Scope H-alpha telescope for imaging the Sun; my camera for solar and lunar work is the Celestron NexImage 5.   I use PixInsight for processing my deep sky images.  I often look through the eyepiece while my camera is imaging, using 6″ and 20″ Dobsonian reflectors.  Refreshingly, they have no electronics, and work best with a star atlas, a red flashlight and a finder scope. I am honoured that my images have appeared in Sky News (online and print editions) and Astronomy magazine (online and print editions), as well as the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Some of my astro-images have also won competitions.  But the thing I enjoy the best is sharing these images with others, and getting feedback.  I hope you enjoy my images, and reading about the objects themselves. And now, I’m going out to the Dog House… Clear skies, Ron

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