My name is Paul Gordon and my love of Astronomy started when I was a young teenage boy and brought my first refractor telescope a 60mm Tasco Refractor with rotating 30x zoom! I had a Kodak 127mm camera (Mid 1970's) and managed a couple of poor shots of the moon.
Our family were pretty poor so that’s where the astronomy ended I took up Judo with my Brother Ian and spent the next 27 years perusing this as my past time.
On my 40th Birthday however my family brought me a TAL 120mm refractor (As they knew I had a love of star gazing and rekindled my love of astronomy) this was a great basic telescope and with the help of a local Astronomer Royston Dean (Who I now consider a good friend and mentor) I started finding my way around the sky and learning the basics about polar alignment and collimation.
Around 2002 I was watching Sky at Night and was taken in with the article about webcam imaging and a forum called QCUIAG which I joined straight away here I met several helpful
friends all who freely gave advice and encouragement! Steve, Jan, ‘Carsten, Tom , Dave & the three Peter’s to name a few (There were several others!) and I managed to get some decent planetary images with a variety of scopes using the Philips Toucam and even some basic DSO’s!!
At this point the DSLR revolution had started and around 2005 I acquired my first Canon EOS a 300D and my DSO imaging really took off!
A short while after this I was lucky enough to find and attend an imaging course with Ian King and Nik Szymanek who have given me a lot of valuable advice about equipment, guiding and imaging to get those longer exposures.
A few valuable tips!
1/ Get a pair of Binoculars and a star atlas and find your way around the sky first
2/ Don't expect to buy a goto telescope and think it will find everything for you it 'can't!' You need to have a good idea about polar alignment and know your way around the night sky first.
3/ Find a club or local enfusiast as they will be more than happy to help you
4/ Decide if your going to be a visual astronomer or an astrophotographer (This is important as it will help people to advice you on what equipment to buy)
I hope you enjoy looking at the images on my site as much as I have trying to capture them!
Review of WO FLT-98