I am a Greek Computer Scientist and Physicist currently living in Manchester, UK.
My interest in amateur astronomy started when I was 9 years old (back in 1988) when on a visit to the US my uncle gave me a 40mm refractor called the “Halleyscope”. I then asked for a small pair of binoculars for my birthday and a few months later I signed up for Astronomy magazine and Astronomy Now subscriptions, two magazines I kept reading religiously for several years. Around ’91 I got a Soviet 4.3″ Newtonian reflector on an equatorial mount (known now as the TAL-1, although my early version was called “Mizar”), which served me well with observing and even some attempts at astrophotography, until around the turn of the century when mostly due to lack of time I stopped taking it out to look at the stars… I then moved to New York for a few years where the sky was always bright orange so it never occurred to me that a telescope might be useful.
So, after a hiatus of a decade or so, I picked up my favorite hobby again in 2012. I found out a lot had changed since the 90’s, most notably amazing affordable equipment and the CCD/DSLR revolution which completely transformed astro-imaging to something everyone can try with great results.
And since I tend to experiment with things, I thought I should share some interesting tidbits with whomever might be interested.
Celestron C9.25 (9.25″ f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain)
Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED (80mm f/7.5 doublet refractor)
Sky-Watcher Equinox 80ED (80mm f/6.25 doublet refractor)
Sky-Watcher 200PDS (8″ f/5 Newtonian)
Sky-Watcher 130PDS (5″ f/5 Newtonian)
Sky-Watcher Evostar 90 (90m f/10 refractor)
Celestron Travel Scope 70 (70mm f/5.71 refractor)
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro
Canon 600D – Full Spectrum modded
Canon 18-55/3.5 IS
Canon 15-85/3.5 IS
Jupiter 37A 135/3.5
Jupiter 21M 200/4.0
Super Takumar 50/1.8
Celestron SLT 127 Mak
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 non-Pro
Canon 450D – Full Spectrum mod
Point Grey Firefly MV mono