I have always had the passion for the astronomy...I remember my first studies date back to 1982 when I joined the Amateur Astronomers Association of Bari.
Over the years, however, I have never fully succeeded in cultivating this passion a bit because the studies did not allow me to stay awake at night, then transfer to Turin city centre, I would have to do a lot of miles before finding a dark sky. So it has always been a dream that has never taken hold in my mind.
Now I live far enough the city, in a suburban area, where the sky is more dark and my house has a little garden where I positioned my new telescope.

Telescope: CPC 800 GPS (XLT) [SPECS]
Wedge: Heavy Duty for polar alignment 
[SPECS]
Finder: Telrad [SPECS]
Focuser: JMI MotoFocus [SPECSwith PCFOCUS [SPECS]
Autoguider: Orion StarShoot Autoguider [SPECS]
CCD Camera for DeepSky: Orion StarShoot Pro Deep Space [SPECS]
CCD Camera for planetary images: Imaging Source DBK 21AU04.AS [SPECS]
Guider telescope: Orion Short Tube 80/400 

Hi guys, now I'm part of a fantastic association called "Associazione Romana Astrofili" where I've met wonderful peoples with my same goals and passions.
I hope to give them all my contribute to make our association better then now.

And I'm sure I will recover quickly all time lost when I'm not myself dedicated to astronomy. On my side I can give them all my experience in Weather Monitoring and software programming.

 

 

Useful astronomical links

Satellite Flyby

Sky Map

Calsky Info


current night sky over Scndriglia
source:www.heavens-above.com

Follows my first attempts of astronomical shots:

Deep Sky

DATE-OBS= '2011-06-23' 
TIME-OBS= '21:10:55'
EXPTIME = 375. - SNAPSHOT= 25
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 '
OBJECT = 'M3 '
INSTRUME= 'DSI-DSI1'
M3 on Wikipedia (only Italian)

DATE-OBS= '2011-06-23'
TIME-OBS= '21:53:26'
EXPTIME = 480. - SNAPSHOT= 16
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M51 '
INSTRUME= 'DSI-DSI1'
M51 on Wikipedia (only Italian)

DATE-OBS= '2011-07-21' 
TIME-OBS= '22:01:57'
EXPTIME = 3x60s - 3x120s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 '
OBJECT = 'M3 '
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M3 on Wikipedia (only Italian)

DATE-OBS= '2011-07-21' 
TIME-OBS= '21:20:26'
EXPTIME = 5x60s - 3x120s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 '
OBJECT = 'M51'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M51 on Wikipedia (only Italian)

DATE-OBS= '2011-08-25' 
TIME-OBS= '20:19:00'
EXPTIME = 7x60s - 6x120s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 '
OBJECT = 'M16'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M16 on Wikipedia (only Italian)

DATE-OBS= '2011-08-25'
TIME-OBS= '19:24:26'
EXPTIME = 10x60s - 10x120s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M20'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M20 on Wikipedia (only Italian)

DATE-OBS= '2011-08-26'
TIME-OBS= '23:52:00'
EXPTIME = 3x30s - 5x120s - 5x240s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M27'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M27 on Wikipedia (only Italian)
DATE-OBS= '2011-08-26'
TIME-OBS= '23:04:00'
EXPTIME = 3x30s - 5x120s - 5x240s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 '
OBJECT = 'M57'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M57 on Wikipedia (only Italian)
DATE-OBS= '2011-09-15' 
TIME-OBS= '21:19:00'
EXPTIME = 5x120s - 5x240s - 5x320s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 '
OBJECT = 'M101'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M101 on Wikipedia
DATE-OBS= '2011-08-28'
TIME-OBS= '19:24:26'
EXPTIME = 10x60s - 10x120s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M31'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M31 on Wikipedia (only Italian)
DATE-OBS= '2011-09-15'
TIME-OBS= '23:52:00'
EXPTIME = 5x120s - 5x240s - 3x320s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800-BARLOW 2.5 ' 
OBJECT = 'M27'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M27 on Wikipedia (only Italian)
DATE-OBS= '2011-10-02'
TIME-OBS= '21:06:00'
EXPTIME = 5x240s - 3x320s - 4x500s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M33'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M33 on Wikipedia
DATE-OBS= '2011-10-02'
TIME-OBS= '23:12:00'
EXPTIME = 4x240s - 4x320s - 5x500s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'NGC6888'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
NGC6888 on Wikipedia (only Italian)
DATE-OBS= '2011-10-01'
TIME-OBS= '22:36:00'
EXPTIME = 4x240s - 4x320s - 8x500s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'NGC7635'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
NGC7635 on Wikipedia (only Italian)
DATE-OBS= '2011-10-01'
TIME-OBS= '00:15:00'
EXPTIME = 4x240s - 4x320s - 4x500s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'IC5146'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
IC5146 on Wikipedia
DATE-OBS= '2012-01-16'
TIME-OBS= '02:15:00'
EXPTIME = 2x30 - 3x120 - 4x240s - 4x320s - 4x500s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M42'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M42 on Wikipedia
     
DATE-OBS= '2012-01-16'
TIME-OBS= '02:15:00'
EXPTIME = 3x120 - 4x240s - 4x320s - 4x500s
TELESCOP= 'CPC800 ' 
OBJECT = 'M1'
INSTRUME= 'Orion SSDSI'
M1 on Wikipedia
     

 

Planetary

DATE-OBS= '23/06/11' - TIME-OBS= '23:54:59'
EXPOSURE= '1/38' - EXPTIME = '30'
TELESCOP= 'CPC 800' - OBJECT = 'SATURN'
INSTRUME= 'DBK 21AU04.AS'

DATE-OBS= '22/09/11' - TIME-OBS= '3:59:00'
EXPOSURE= '1/10' - EXPTIME = '2000 frames'
TELESCOP= 'CPC 800' - OBJECT = 'JUPITER'
INSTRUME= 'DBK 21AU04.AS'

DATE-OBS= '22/09/11' - TIME-OBS= '4:47:00'
EXPOSURE= '1/15' - EXPTIME = '2000 frames'
TELESCOP= 'CPC 800-BARLOW 2.5' - OBJECT = 'JUPITER'
INSTRUME= 'DBK 21AU04.AS'

DATE-OBS= '23/06/11' - TIME-OBS= '21:49:00'
EXPOSURE= '1/500' - EXPTIME = '8 frames for HDR'
TELESCOP= 'CANON D550' - OBJECT = 'MOON'
INSTRUME= ''