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.
Bernhard Hubl [AT]
is an amateur astrophotographer from Austria. He studied technical physics and astronomy in Vienna and works as calculation engineer in a research department of a local company. But his passion is astronomy and especially astrophotography. He is widely known for his excellent images of star clusters, dark nebulas and often surprises his fellows with images from "unknown" objects. Since 2008, he works with his main telecope, a 12" Newtonian in his own observatory in Upper Austria. In addition to astrophotography he manages the project CCD-Guide, a great planning software, which provides valuable support for astrophotographers.
Tamás Ladányi [Hungary]
Tamas' first experience in astronomy was to see the return of Comet Halley in 1985. He mainly concentrated on double stars measurements; that's why he built his roll-off roof observatory. Always keen to visit astronomy-viable places from Iceland, through the Himalayas, to Patagonia. He has been invited in the well-known organization named "The World At Night" (TWAN). He works for several appreciated mediums; his photographs have been published on well-known websites such as NASA and National Geographic. He released a time-lapse DVD that presents amazing night views of Hungary accompained by folk melodies.
David Martínez-Delgado [Spain]
is the principal investigator of the Stellar Tidal Stream Survey at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI) of the University of 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.
Nicola Montecchiari [Italy]
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!
Fabian Neyer [Switzerland]
Fabian works in the field of photogrammetry, the science of obtaining quantitative information about surfaces and objects from images. His passion for astrophotography started in the year 2000, during high-school, using the first generation of DSLR cameras. Most of his images are taken from the eastern part of Switzerland were he has access to the instrumentation of a local astronomical society. He is mainly imaging with refractor telescopes, though he also has experience with Newtonian and wide angle lens optics. Regarding astrophotography, he focuses on obtaining very deep images from all sorts of objects.
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".
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.
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.
Heiko Wilkens [Germany]
is founder and chief architect of the project "Public Telescope" - a space telescope for everyone! Mr. Wilkens is a graduate computer scientist who has studied bionic, cybernetics and informatics. He is a passionate amateur astronomer for over 35 years. For eight years he was managing a company that develops and sells technical components and software for scientific and amateur astronomic demands. He has professional experience of over 20 years in German large-scale IT industry.
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