Today’s APOD is one of mine!!!
From all my publications over the years, this is the one I feel proudest of.
Not because it’s the “biggest”; but because it’s the most personal one, in a particular kind of way.
Astrophotography (and astronomy in general) was the reason I became interested in photography, in the first place.
As a teenager I was fascinated (and still am) of the Cosmos. So much so, that I convinced my parents to let me close down my savings account in order to buy a BIG telescope. That was 20 years ago. Time flies.
Long story short, a telescope by itself doesn’t make its owner an astronomer (or an astrophotographer in my case).
There is a steep learning curve. After getting thoroughly disheartened when my first few rolls of film came back looking nothing like the pictures I fell in love with in the magazines and books that I was reading, I started reading up on photographic technique. That’s how I got hooked on photography properly.
At the time I was living in Athens, which is probably one of the worst places on Earth for astrophotography, and since 20 years ago the internet was nowhere near what it is today (you couldn’t just google “polar alignment with an SCT on a wedge” and get youtube videos with people explaining the process to you–you had to visit an actual library and do actual research to find out such information), I just focused on other kinds of photography, shooting nightscapes now-and-then as a reminder of my first love.
So, this is my first picture of the night sky published by NASA!
It’s good to be home.