About Me

 

First of all, thank you for visiting my website. For any questions or comments send a mail to:

b.hubl        astrophoton.com

I live in Austria, in a flat valley on the north side of the Alps (sea level 400 m). Most of the images, currently in my gallery were taken from a small observatory in my backyard, which houses a 12" Newtonian telescope and a piggy-back refractor. In winter times, when the weather is foggy, I observe sometimes on a nearby hill (sea level 920 m) with my mobile equipment.

For my "day job," I am a calculation engineer for a local company. My engineering background and the software knowledge helps a lot for my work in astrophotography.

When I was a boy I was fascinated by the images of Jupiter and Saturn, taken by Voyager2. I wanted to see these planets with my own eyes. Therefore, I bought a star map and some astronomy books. The planets were easily found - this was the beginning of my fascination of astronomy: First I started with a 7x50 binocular, then a 6" Newtonian telescope was bought. I wanted to know more about the astronomical objects. So I studied beside technical physics also astronomy in Vienna. After the study I decided to work as an engineer in the industry and to do astronomy as a hobby, which was a very good decision. Astrophotography makes a lot of fun and I am sure that this will not change for the rest of my life.

In the last 25 years I used a lot of different equipment. After starting with some black and white chemical photography with my 6" Newtonian in the nineties, I built a 12" Dobsonian telescope for visual observing. The next step was CCD photography with my self-made Cookbook CCD camera. With a bigger mount for the 12" Newtonian telescope I could do chemical colour photography. In 2004 I bought my first commercial CCD camera, which I used manly with a 4" refractor. After completely reworking my Newtonian telescope, the quality of my images increased significantly. Please, follow this link to get an overview on my currently used equipment.

Additionally to my work in astrophotography in my backyard, I am very active in three different projects:

  • CCD-Guide (project management)

  • CEDIC (agenda and communication with speakers)

  • Astro trips with CEDIC team (Chile, La Palma, Austrian mountains, ...)

 

I hope that you enjoy your stay on my website and that you can find some useful information!

 

Bernhard Hubl, Nussbach, March 2017

 

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