Speakers @ cedic '15
Speakers (in alphabtical order)
Lorenzo Comolli [Italy]
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 time lapses. He is co-author with D. Cipollina of a book in Italian language ("Practical guide to digital astrophotograpy").
Oliver Czernetz [Austria]
Oliver's interest in Astronomy raised back in 2011 at the age of 31. Although being a late bloomer, he was hooked from the very first moment, and pretty soon he found himself gazing at the Moon with a 3" Refractor. Wondering how he could share this amazing view with friends and family, he started taking pictures through the eyepiece with a smartphone, and now, three scopes and a lot of experience later, he is imaging the deep sky with a 130/719 Tripplet Apo from his hometown Leibnitz in the southern area of Austria. Also searching for possibilities to improve his processing skills, he started to assemble images from the Digitized Sky Survey or the Hubble Legacy Archive, mainly for training purposes and to overcome the bad weather season. But like astrophotography itself, working with professional data also became a passion for Oliver soon, and has finally been rewarded with a feature as "Astronomy Picture of the Day" (APOD) in April 2014.
Iván Éder [Hungary]
is one of the best Hungarian astrophotographers. He uses a 200mm F/3.5 and a 300mm F/3.8 self built corrected Newtonian on modified EQ6 and Fornax 51 mounts. Altough his preferred camera was a Canon EOS digital SLR camera, he is using a CCD camera as well since 2013. Iván lives in light polluted Budapest, but he takes his equipment and travels 100 km to reach a dark place in the heart of the Mátra Hills, which serves as a base for many Hungarian amateur astronomers. He also travels with his 200mm Newtonian scope to photograph the southern beauties under the dark skies of Namibia.
Don Goldman [USA]
received his doctorate in spectroscopy of geologic materials. He held numerous research and management positions in industry and government laboratories. He founded and ran his own company for 12 years, building fiber optic chemical analyzers for manufacturing process control He became inteterested in astrophotography in 2002, imaging from his light-polluted backyard. Finding limitations with the CCD filters, he developed filters and formed Astrodon Imaging in 2003. Astrodon has since branched out from LRGB filters to include photometric filters for research and narrowband filters for imaging. He started imaging remotely in 2006 and currently images with a CDK20/TOA130/16803 system at in Siding Spring, QLD, Australia. He has over 25 APODs, gives talks and workshops in the U.S. and internationally and is widely published. His imaging interests include planetary and Wolf-Rayet nebula. He is an avid daylight photographer, as well.
Dr. David Martínez-Delgado [Spain]
is the principal investigator of the Stellar Tidal Stream Survey at the Max-Planck Institut of Astronomie (Heidelberg). For the past several years, he has focused his attention on the tidal destruction of dwarf galaxies in the halos of the Milky Way and other nearby spiral galaxies. He has published more than sixty refereed papers in professional scientific journals and magazines. He has also given presenations at several international conferences. David has a long experience in the production and interpretation of precision photometric data and the study of stellar populations in the galactic Local Group using synthetic color-magnitude diagrams.
Ilias Ntagioglou [Greece]
is an information systems supervisor and S/W engineer in profession. Amateur astronomy has been his long life hobby in many different ways (observing, reading, documentaries, forum posting). Ilias has been involved with astrophotography since 2008 and he had the chance of trying various types of telescopes and cameras. He mostly images deep sky objects on a grab-go-setup-and-shoot basis which involves driving to nearby mountains. Becoming in touch with the night sky is very important for Ilias and so he is not a fan of remote imaging.
Pavel Pech [Czech Rebublic]
is an amateur astrophotographer since 2008 who started imaging right with a dedicated CCD camera. A keen narrowband imager of deep-sky objects, mainly nebulas. Spent years by investigating and testing astrophotographer's equipment with focus on CCD cameras and latest technology advances. Currently a keen broadband imager with a professional equipment. His motto: "I want to download the whole Universe into my laptop".
Martin Rusterholz [Switzerland]
built his own remote-observatory in France to escape the light pollution at his home near Zurich (Switzerland). His main telescope is a 14.5" RC and the CCD-camera is equipped with LRGB and narrowband filters. Beside pictures of galaxies, he likes to process images of bright nebulae and planetary nebulae. As a member of the CCD-Guide team, targets have moved from mainly popular objects to lesser known ones.
Maurice Toet [Netherlands]
lives in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. Astronomy has been part of his life since the appearance of comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. In 1999 Maurice got involved into astrophotography, using an Olympus OM-1 piggybacked on a 114 mm Newtonian reflector. His main interest lies in photography of the deep-sky. He mainly does astrophotography because of the techniques and challenges involved in taking a good astrophoto and of course because of the pure beauty all those celestial objects encompass.
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