A little bit about myself. My name is Peter Shah and since a very young age I have had a very keen interest in Astronomy and to give you and idea of how keen, at the age of six I attempted to make a telescope from my mothers spare pair of spectacles. Of course they were no use at all but I was convinced I could see the moon through them. Seeing how fascinated I was with the night sky, my parents purchased my very first real telescope a 50mm refractor which I spent hours looking through, sketching images of the moon and planets. By the age of twelve I was photographing the constellations with an old SLR camera that was a gift from my uncle.
Not having the budget for both a camera and a scope, I decided to go with a CCD camera instead. My first CCD camera was an MX5 from Starlight Xpress which I bolted on to the back of a kindly borrowed 10″ Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, with it I took a sixty second exposure of M57 the Ring Nebula, the alignment and tracking wasn’t the best but I got my very first deep sky image. Since that very first image, I was hooked progressing from scope to scope building my first back garden observatory under the light polluted skies of Birmingham.
Five observatories later I am now nestled in Powys, Mid Wales under some of the best skies in the U.K