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Hello from French Alps

02 Apr, 2019 14:12

My name is Erwan (a name from Brittany, western peninsula of France), I now live in Domène, near Grenoble, in the French Alps.
I've liked astronomy from as far as I can remember (my oldest memory is an image of Saturn through a C8 telescope).
I bought my first telescope in 1999, a 115/900 Newton telescope ,and started planetary astrophotography in 2003, with a webcam (the famous ToUcam)
In 2008 I bought my second telescope, a 254/1200 Newton telescope with a EQ6 equatorial mount. I mainly used it for visual observation.
In 2013 I had the oppotunity with my job in Météo-France (french weather forecast service) to go to Antarctica (Dumont d'Urville french station), where I made a few auroras timelapses and 360° night panoramic images…but only with a Canon 1100D and a 18-55 f/3.5 lens.
Last december I bought a Sony A7s camera that I made modified with the Astrodon filter, and a Samyang 135mm f/2.0 lens.
I just started deep sky astrophotography with this material in february.
To not have light pollution I generally go to the Vercors massif, where I still can go in winter. For summer I have several other places in the mountains, up to about 2700m.
Next steps:
-find a refractor with a greater focal length than 135mm that I can use to put my Sony A7s behind
-practise again planetary astrophotography with the 254/1200 Newton telescope.

Edited 02 Apr, 2019 14:13
02 Apr, 2019 15:31
Hello Erwan,

welcome from germany, glad you've joined us.

03 Apr, 2019 16:18
Bienvenue Erwan,

05 Apr, 2019 15:17
05 Apr, 2019 21:30
Bienvenue Erwan, interesting story
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