M51 - May 2008
Horsehead and Flame nebulas, December 27, 2006
NGC 2174 (Monkey nebula), December 28, 2006
Here are some of my current favourite images:
Time laps video of Jupiter, taken March 2004. Images from approximately a 4 hour period showing planet rotation. Celestron C11 on AP900GTO, Logitech Quickcam 3000, Registax2 software.
Bubble Nebula, taken with C11 from downtown Los Gatos. Click it to see full resolution image.
|M31 - The great Andromeda Galaxy, Taken Fall 2005. Click on the image to the full resolution object.||Messier 51 - the Whirlpool Galaxy, taken in May 2004. Click on the images to see the whole extent.||Messier 17 - taken September 2004. Click on the image to see the full resolution version.|
|Click above to see a recent image of two objects in one frame.||The rosette nebula. Taken over two nights in February 2004. Click on the image to see the full resolution version.||Messier 45 - The Pleaides, Taken Fall 2005. Click on the image to see the full resolution version.|
About the author
|Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars taken with Celestron C11, 2X barlow, and modified Logitech 3000 webcam, 2003|
Welcome to Peter Santangeli's web site. My site is mostly about my obsessions: Astronomy, Astrophotography, and perhaps someday a bit about furniture building, house renovation.
My main hobby for the last 25 years (with a few dormant periods) has been astronomy. Like hobbies such as sailing and golf, it's one of those things than can be all-consuming, and cost as little or as much as you care to spend.
In a sense, my whole life has surrounded astronomy. In the 70's I got into the hobby. As a kid, I found that people were actually taking pictures of objects through their telescopes - that started my interest in photography and the visual arts. At about the same time I read about people actually controlling their telescopes with primitive things called "personal computers". That lead to my begging my father to buy me an early TRS-80, and my getting into computing as well. My 30 year professional career has been all about using computers to create graphics. Meanwhile, my interest in astronomy has only grown.
|M8, Celestron C8, SBIG ST-7, summer 2002|
My particular interests in astronomy quickly lead me to astrophotography. That is, actually taking pictures of objects in the sky. This is a slightly specialized part of the field, and has the advantages of allowing one far more opportunities to tinker with equipment, and the ability to take home souvenirs. Unless otherwise credited, any photo's you see on this web site have been taken by me with my gear.
|Starqueen Nebula, ST120 refractor, SBIG ST-7, summer 2002|
Astronomy is more fun with others. Standing out alone in a field with a telescope can be both awkward and strangely unnerving. Over the years, I've tried joining a few astronomy clubs. I'm not really a "joiner" though, and though I was seeking some community, my idea of fun was NOT going to monthly meetings and watching slide shows of somebody's trip to see the african eclipse while eating stale cookies. This is not to put down astronomy clubs... There are many good ones out there, they just aren't my "thing".
Somehow, I stumbled upon a group known as TAC (for The Astronomy Connection). TAC is an interesting new creation of our wired community. It has many of the attributes of a club, providing community and communication, but has no meetings, no membership dues, and no boring slide shows. It consists of a couple of hundred people interested in astronomy ("observing" to the initiated), who communicate completely online. TAC has an email list, and a web site, and a charter, and that's about the whole of its formality. Essentially, we are a bunch of people who like to go out observing together. On any given weekend you can find 10 - 50 of us out somewhere, at some state park where it is dark.