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Welcome to my website originally established in 1996.The main goal of these pages is to reveal the simplicity of obtaining astronomical images using economical video cameras with small to medium commercial grade telescopes. While my primary interests are the planets I also enjoy trying my hand at what is possible with deep-sky capable video cameras like the the GSTAR-EX range.

Starting my celestial adventure in 1971 (still but a lad) I have enjoyed recreational astronomy for many years and have owned and used more telescopes than I care to count, and it's still ongoing!
In the mid 1980's I experimented with an early model Sony camcorder - shooting the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. By the 1990's the benefits of fast image streaming technologies (video) became my passion and the results, when used for lunar and planetary work over conventional film photography, were exciting. Since then, later CCD cameras and more recently, CMOS cameras, have come a long way.

While these days I do most of my observing and photography from a suburban backyard on the Fraser Coast in Queensland, I did for some time, occasionally use the 60cm (24-inch) and 1m (40-inch) Cassegrain telescopes at Siding Spring Observatory through project time applications in the past. This was a great opportunity to experiment with video on large aperture instruments.

In 2001, I established a new optical supply business later revised in 2003.  Astro Shop has grown far beyond my original expectations as our range and great client base has grown over the years.

Jupiter taken from the backyard using the GSTAR-EX3 camera and 12-inch (305mm) Newtonian telescope and 5X tele-extender.

 

Above: A piece of history - preparing for another experimental night of planetary imaging with the classic old Boller & Chivens 24 inch (60cm) Cassegrain telescope at Siding Spring back in 1999.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books

Video Astronomy - Massey, Douglass, Dobbins - Sky Publishing Corp. (2 published editions)
The Night Sky - Steve Massey - New Holland Publishers 2003 (2 published editions)
Exploring the Moon - Steve Massey - New Holland Publishers 2004
How Does the Night Sky Work? - Steve Massey - Young Reed Publishers 2005 (reprinted 2007)
Atlas of the Southern Night Sky - Massey and Quirk 2007 (4 published editions)
Space, Stars & Planets - Massey (Young Reed Publishers 2007)
Deep Sky Video Astronomy - Massey & Quirk (Springer 2009)

Contributor to the following published titles:

The Astronomy Encyclopedia - Philip's/Oxford
How to ID the Night Sky - Storm Dunlop
Practical Astronomy - Storm Dunlop
Epic Moon - Sheehan Dobbins
EL Big Bang - Alejandro Gangui
The Planetary Update - Springer Verlag) 2007
MERCURY - Space Sciences Series - Balogh, Ksanfomality & von Steiger (Springer)

Published Articles (Periodicals)

Luna-Cam - Sky & Space Magazine
Leader of the Opposition - S & S Magazine
Meade ETX-70AT Review - S & S Magazine
Return of the Giants - Sky & Space Magazine
I'm Your Venus - Aust Sky& Telescope
Challenge of Mercury - Aust Sky & Telescope
Where's the Smoke? - Aust Sky & Telescope
Video Astronomy Part.1 - Australian Video Camera magazine -August 2005
Video Astronomy Part.2 - Australian Video Camera magazine -September 2005
Video Astronomy Part.3 - Australian Video Camera magazine -December 2005
Sky-Watcher PRO100 ED - Aust Sky & Telescope
Made In Russia - Aust Sky & Telescope
Majestic Saturn - Australian Sky & Telescope

Mercury's Exosphere - Possible src for Na
A.L Sprague & S.SMassey (Elsevier)
 

Special Mentions, Reviews and Images

Visual Astronomy Under Dark Skies -Cooke Springer
Observing the Moon - G.North Cambridge
Backyard Astronomer Guide - Dickinson - Dyer
Hoshinavi Magazine (Japan)
AstroGuide annual (Japan)
AstroRapport (Norway)
Astronomi Magazine (Norway)
Sky & Space magazine
Sky & Telescope magazine
Night Sky magazine
Astronomy Now magazine
Australian Sky & Telescope magazine
Astronomy 2000
ALPO Newsletters
BAA Newsletter
Planetary Report (Planetary Society)
The Australian
Good Reading Magazine
Australian Video Camera
The Age
The Daily Telegraph
Sunday Telegraph
Manly Daily
The Advocate
The Mercury
Your Destiny Magazine
Adelaide Advertiser
Illawarra Mercury
Sunshine Coast Daily
The Independent
Observer
Fraser Coast Chronicle

Other Media - Interviews

2CH, 2GB, 2UE, 2NSB
Sport 927, 4LG FM
Mix 104.9
ABC Adelaide
ABC Coast FM Gold Coast
ABC North Coast
ABC National
ABC Victoria
4BC Brisbane
ABC Newcastle
Coast FM Gold Coast
2AY Albury
Radio 3AW
NOW FM
4GY , 4CA FM
1629AM, 5SE Adelaide
Byron Bay FM
WIN T.V , ABC National T.V, SBS
7 News, NINE news

Software Developed for Astronomy

ASTRO-AVI
SKY-IMAGE
LUNAVIEW 2000
GSTAR-EX Capture (later refined with C.Wakeman)
ToupSky (input to its development based on GSTAR4)

 

 INTRODUCTION -  Steve Massey Astronomy