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I live in Austria, in a flat valley on the north side of the Alps (sea level 400 m). Most of the photographs currently in my gallery were taken from the backyard with my mobile equipment. Since 2008 I work also with a new 12" Newtonian telescope, which is located in a small observatory . In winter times, when the weather is foggy, I observe on a nearby hill (sea level 920 m).
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. So 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 15 years I used a lot of equipment. After doing some black and white chemical photography with my 6" Newton (TP2415), I built a 12" Dobsonian telescope for visual observing. The next step was CCD photography with my self-made Cookbook CCD camera. With a new mount for the 12" Newtonian telescope I could do chemical colour photography. The change to digital photography (EOS 10D) was a big step forwards. In 2004 I bought a 4" apo from TeleVue and a cooled CCD camera from SBIG, which was a very good decision as you can see in the results.
Bernhard Hubl, Nussbach, March 2008