Speakers @ cedic '13
Speakers (in alphabtical order)
Lorenzo Comolli [Italy]
Lorenzo Comolli is a mechanical engineer and astrophotographer living in Tradate, near Milan, Italy. His interests in astronomy are quite wide, ranging from visual observations to optics grinding, from solar eclipses to auroras, but his main actual interests are deep sky imaging and, obviously, time lapses. He is co-author with D. Cipollina of a book in Italian language ("Practical guide to digital astrophotograpy").
Bernd Gährken [Germany]
Bernd Gährken has been active in astronomy for more than 30 years. He is a member of the public observatories in Munich and in Paderborn. Bernd has a wide range of interests in astronomy and has lectured at numerous meetings. Highlights of the last years are the first amateur photo of the Uranus rings, the first moon impact observed from Germany and the detection of surface structures on Venus in infrared. You can find his results on his website.
Paolo Lazzarini [Italy]
Paolo Lazzarini, class 1971, is an aerospace engineer involved in the design of precision mechanics for large optical telescopes and radio telescopes. Working for ADS International, he took part to the design of some AO instruments, in particular for the Large Binocular Telescope (M2-ADSEC) and the Very Large Telescope (M2-DSM). He is currently part of a team working on the Adaptive Secondary Mirror for the Giant Magellal Telescope (GMT-ASM). In his free time he enjoys climbing, trekking and he also lives an insane passion for astrophotography.
David Malin [Australia]
David Malin has been involved in scientific imaging all his working life, initially using optical and electron microscopes. In 1975 he joined the Anglo-Australian Observatory. He brought with him photographic techniques that he had devised for use in microscopy, but had not been used in astronomy before. These image enhancement techniques pre-dated Adobe Photoshop by 20 years and led to a series of interesting astronomical discoveries, including two new kinds of galaxies. They also led to a novel way of making true-colour astronomical images of very faint objects for the first time, and from these much scientific information can be gleaned, however, the photographs have a broader public appeal and continue to be widely published. David Malin is the author of 11 books on astronomical and photographic topics, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Sydney in 1989 for his contributions to astronomy, and a similar degree from RMIT University in 2003 for his advancement of photographic science.
Jukka-Pekka Metsävainio [Finland]
is a finnish astrophotographer who enjoys to be able to reveal some of the hidden beauty of our Universe. Publications of his images: NASA, National Geographics, LPOD, Sky & Telescope, Universe Today and many others. His observatory locates in the very center of the city Oulu, Finland. Due the massive Light Pollution he mainly does narrow band imaging of Emission Nebulae.
He is also famous for his outstanding 3D astro-images!
Nicola Montecchiari [Italy]
Nicola Montecchiari was born in Verbania, Italy on the shores of Lake Maggiore. He has been fond of astronomy since he was a kid. Nicola started to be interested in astrophotography in the late '80s but got addicted in 2000. After a period of working with chemical film he switched to digital astrophotography in 2006. Nicola likes to improve both: his imaging and his processing techniques. To reach this goal he develops his own software tools. Have a look at the software section on his website.
Jose Joaquin Perez [Chile]
I have been doing astrophotography since 10 years, but my fascination for the firmament goes back to my childhood, because I lived in the region of Coquimbo, Chile, a place with of one of the most transparent and darkest skies on the planet. I got in contact with astronomy at the "Tololito" observatory, belonging to the Seminario Conciliar of La Serena, and still today led by the priest Juan Bautista Picetti, who answered my endless questions and gave me my first telescope: a refractor of about 3" f/12. This instrument let me fall in love with the phases of the moon, the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter and the bright globular clusters in the Southern Hemisphere. Currently I practice my profession of Agricultural Engineering in a transnational company dedicated to crops protection in central Chile. When there's new moon I program trips to places of great sky alone or with other astrophotographer friends.
Vicent Peris [Spain]
With fifteen years of experience in astronomical imaging, Vicent Peris is working as professional astrophotographer at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia (Spain). Today - in collaboration with Calar Alto Observatory in Southern Spain - he leads a professional astrophotography program using multi-meter telescopes with optical and infrared cameras.
Vicent Peris is also known for his collaboration with the PixInsight development team (PTeam) for the last seven years. He has created a completely new image processing methodology using multiscale (wavelet-based) algorithms implemented in PixInsight. His multiscale processing techniques constitute a new aesthetic and technical approach to image processing in astrophotography.
He is also co-founder of the Documentary School of Astrophotography, the first conceptual school of thought in the astrophotography community. In the last years he has been also developing image processing techniques for the microscopy and forensic fields, collaborating with the National Police Department of Spain.
Wolfgang Promper [Austria]
Wolfgang was born in Australia, where he got his first small telescope at the age of 5. He was introduced to the night sky by his father. In the 1970s he relocated to Austria with his parents and when comet Kohoutek showed up, he got a 114mm reflector. Fascinated by the beauty of our nightsky Wolfgang started astrophotography aprox. 20 years ago. Nowadays his equipment is located in Spain and is used for remote imaging. Wolfgangs main interests are image processing and all the technical parts of modern astrophotography.
Gerald Rhemann [Austria]
Astronomy aroused his interest in 1985 caused by the return of comet 1P/Halley. Since then he travels to remote locations such as the Austrian Voralpen, the Canary Islands, and the deserts of Namibia to photograph the sky under the most pristine conditions. He is specialized in deep, wide field vistas of the Milky Way and comets using short-focal-length telescopes and large-format CCD cameras. He considers his astrophotography to be both: works of art and contributions to science.
Frank Sackenheim [Germany]
Frank Sackenheim is an advanced astrophotographer of the younger generation. His works get attention in the european astrophotographers community as well as in the US. His pictures are regular printed in different astrophotography magazines. He is also active as an educator giving lectures and having his own astrophotography video cast. Frank was one of the first amateur astronomers using the professional Software Theli for reducing his image data. He lives in Cologne/Germany and works as a professional musician.
Johannes Schedler [Austria]
I fell in love with astronomy in 1997 when I explored the first time the night sky together with my son using a simple Tasco reflector. After upgrading to a C11 I built my own 3m observatory beside my house 25 km south of Graz in summer 2000. From 2001 I moved to astrophotography first using the Canon DSLRs for deep sky imaging. Digging into the powerful capabilities of Photoshop processing I was pushing the limits of deep sky digicam imaging. In 2004 I bought the newly released STL-11000 CCD camera and consequently explored extended deep sky objects such as nebulas using the wide corrected field of my TMB-105. In 2005 I received my 16" Cassegrain from P. Keller featuring dual focal length imaging at f/3 and f/10. The following years I concentrated on high resolution imaging. After enjoying several times the dark Namibian sky I joined a project to erect a remote observatory at a mountain top in Chile. It has been in planning and erection phase for the past 3 years and could be successfully commissioned end of 2012.
Babak A. Tafreshi [Iran]
was born in 1978 in Tehran. He is a photographer and science journalist, the founder and director of The World At Night (TWAN) international photography project, also a board member of Astronomers Without Borders. Tafreshi received the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award, the world's most recognized award for scientific photography, for his global contribution to night sky photography.
Daniel Verschatse [Belgium/Chile]
Daniel Verschatse was born and raised in Flanders. His fascination with astronomy began at an early age. After graduating as a radio frequency engineer, Daniel left his native Belgium to start a technical-commercial career that took him to a number of countries and left little room for his astronomical pastime. In 1999, his job brought him to Chile where he finally took advantage of the opportunity to make a childhood dream come true: His own observatory under good skies! Daniel's images have been published in various media, even as postal stamps. Several have been seen as NASA's APOD, and hundreds of his images have appeared in various magazines and books. He is a member of the SBIG Hall of Fame holding their Award for Excellence in Astronomical Imaging. Daniel lives with his wife and two daughters in Santiago and is presently setting up an astronomy venture in northern Chile.
Mahdi Zamani [Iran]
is an Iranian astrophotographer who travel all the time to photograph dark sky. He has had some personal and group exhibition around Iran for public so far. As former imaging editor at Nojum magazine, the astronomy magazine of Iran, he has been connected with many astrophotographers around the world. He has been contributing to several Iranian scientific TV shows and Radio programs since 2009. Also, Mahdi is contributing to The World At Night (TWAN) project as a guest photographer and lecturer. Currently he is working on a 3D movie about nature at night and two astronomical atlas books.
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