Ed Bianchina's Astronomy

Astrophotography

About StardaddyEd Astronomy

My name is Ed Bianchina and I live in Geneva, Illinois.

I have a beautiful wife and three great sons.  I work for a manufacturer of electronic equipment as Quality Leader.  Those things keep me busy during the day but astronomy keeps me up at night!

I am a chemist by training and have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry/Physics and my Masters in Organic Chemistry.  I worked for many years in chemical manufacturing and process development.  As time went on became more involved with process engineering and finally Quality Management. 

Several years ago my father started to get interested in astronomy and I didn't think much of it.  Then he gave me his hand me down 8" Newtonian Reflector and I would occasionally look at planets and the moon.  I became hooked when I saw Saturn for the first time.  I couldn't believe it actually had rings and moons!  By then my dad moved on to a Celestron 9.25 Schmidt-Cassegrain on a computerized mount (CG5).  He eventually left the hobby and gave the scope to me.   I have had it for about two years and have had a great time with it.  I joined the local astronomy club and became the secretary and am now the Public Outreach Coordinator.  They have been a great help to my education.

The GOTO capability of the mount is a great gift and a curse.  Without it I probably would have left the hobby.  With it I have not been forced to learn the sky and constellations.

At the beginning of 2008 I decided I wanted to try my hand at astrophotography.  I started with a modified webcam then moved to a Meade DSI color.  I was disappointed with the images I was getting with the DSI color so I purchased a used DSI mono.  While I took some decent images with that camera I wanted to move up to a higher quality image with the goal of taking pictures that I could share with family and friends.  In May 2008 I purchased a Q453-HR from CCD-Labs.  Astrophotography is a highly technical endeavor.  From getting the scope setup, picking the target, guiding the scope with guide camera, operating the acquisition software to post processing all of it requires technical problem solving and patients.  Fortunately there are many people that are more than willing to help you through the process.   

On this site I will post pictures and files to document my progress.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.

 

JOB 9:9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

 

 

PSA 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.