Mike's Astro Photos

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When I first started this blog in January 2009 this is what I jotted down as the text for this page:

The purpose of this blog is to document my astro photography hobby. I intend to post pictures, articles and how-tos about learning astro photography and other astronomy related topics.

Within moments of getting my first telescope I was hooked. In the sessions that would follow I became amazed, baffled, frustrated, confused, excited, proud, happy and sad at all different stages of the game and I still do. About 6 months after I got the telescope by complete chance I imaged a large fireball that was later named the Mason Dixon Meteor. This event sparked a passion for meteors and meteorites and triggered a personal quest to track down the remnants from this cosmic visitor. Previously I had been trying to capture images of galaxies thousands of light years wide and millions of light years away, but in an instant that energy was turned into a passion for finding golf ball sized space rocks 50 miles away from my house.

I have still not found the Mason Dixon Meteor, but I am still looking for it. I have no idea what the outcome of this search will be, but I don’t think I will ever give up. While a huge part of my astro time has been monopolized by meteorites, I still love taking pictures with my telescope and I work on it every night that is clear. In a little more than 12 months I have come a long way as an astronomer and astro photographer, but I still have barely scratched the surface of the disciplines.  This is the great thing about astronomy — space is infinite, you can never run out of things to learn, look at or take pictures of.

The study of astronomy has transforming effects on people and I encourage everyone I meet to look up at the stars… and down at the ground [for meteorites].

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