The main purpose of this web site is to provide
all who have an interest in Astronomy/Science/Art, another way
to view our beautiful Universe, as recorded by a professional
photographer and amateur astronomer using Film, CCD, DSLR,
Homemade,& Commercial Equipment. The sale of my photographs
provides funding for day to day operations of my observatories
as well as continued support of all my current and future
What is Astrophotography?
"ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY": The art of photographing or imaging objects
in deep space. This is a very unique form of photographic art.
It requires an extreme amount of patience, time, and lots of
practice to master.
What is "Galactic Images"?
An International Mail order & Astrophotography Fine Art
Business. In 1989 I began systematically photographing the night
sky. After 2 short years I found my artwork to be in high
demand, this prompted the creation of "Galactic Images" in 1992.
I travel around the country selling my astrophotographs at High
Quality Fine Art Shows and numerous galleries, participating in
approximately 20 FineArts shows per year aside from my normal
day job. ("The
University of Dayton\'s Research Institute") (see my
current "Artshow Schedule")
Note: 90% of my photographs are manually guided
using my eyeball. My work is considered a true art form, which
allows me to participate in Fine Art shows & display my work
at numerous galleries around the country. I have a U.S. Stock
Agent (Photo Researchers/Science Source - see "Stock
Agent Roster") and my work is sold in 35 foreign countries
around the world.
Over 800 of my images have been published in
many science & astronomy books, Software, and major
magazines. (National Geographic, Front Cover Of "Time",Science ,
Discover, Newsweek, Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope, etc. -
With what and how are they
With my very large first homemade 16" diameter F4.5 Newtonian
Telescope, as well as many other smaller instruments. (see "Equipment")
All my photographs are time exposures ranging from 10 min. to 17
hours for each image. This type of photography requires me to
track on a star at high power during the entire exposure time in
order to get pinpoint star images. It is extremely demanding,
but well worth the resulting images. With 3,500+ images already
recorded on film, and over 35,000 with my CCD/Digital archive, I
continue to photograph the endless list of events and objects
out there. My formats are 35mm, 6x4.5, 6x6, & 4x5 medium
format taken on fine grain 25-400 ISO films and developed and
printed up to 20"x 24" in my own darkroom.
How are they printed?
All are printed directly from the original 35mm, 6cmx4.5cm,
6cmx6cm, or 4x5 negative. Some images are taken with either
Astronomical cooled CCD(Charged Coupled Device) or my new high
Resolution Digital DSLR cameras and High Dynamic Range Printer.
The Chumack Observatories
MPC Code # 838, Dayton & MPC Code # H66 Yellow Springs
Research Stations. (see "Chumack
Observatories") These are official research facilities
conducting astronomical research on Minor Planets(Asteroids),
Variable Star, Novae, and Supernovae.
The Chumack Observatories are fully automated
facilities which take image data every clear night for the Minor Planet Center, Center for
Astrophysics, Harvard University\'s Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory in Cambridge, MA.
Galactic Images Promise.
Please feel free to email
me with any questions you may have, Enjoy!!!