If you’re reading this then it’s probably because you have at least a passing interest in the universe outside our own planet. Or it’s because you know me personally and you’re doing what you can to support my own interest (or should I call it passion?) in the night sky. Whatever your motivation, welcome to the world of astrophotography.
My passion from an early age has been anything space/universe-related. From the first time I saw that Imperial Star Destroyer pass overhead at a small cinema in Watford in 1977 with my father and grandfather, I was hooked. Since then I’ve always had my head towards the heavens, always wondering what was there.
One of my earliest recollections (aside from the Star Wars one), was my showing a keen interest in the Apollo Program, NASA’s massive drive to land people on the moon and return them safely to earth. From quite early on I found myself inspired by the speech given by President Kennedy at Rice University in Texas where he stated “We choose to go to the moon…we choose to go to the moon…we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy but because they are hard.” Even now, some forty years later, listening to that quote gives me goosebumps.
From my first non-motorised telescope (a SkyWatcher 120 Newtonian reflector) that I picked up third hand from a guy in Nottingham, to my current tracking mount, fully astro modded DSLR and doublet refractor, along with so much software I can barely keep track, I will constantly seek to learn the tools of this most demanding of hobbies. Frequently, it can be a thoroughly rewarding love, and at other times it’s the most incredibly frustrating. It’s the love that will carry you through the equipment breakdowns, less than perfect weather, software glitches and god knows what else the technology and nature throw at you.
I took the name Astro HeartUK in honour of my love for astrophotography and astronomy, and my youngest daughter, Millie (I usually refer to her as “my ikkle Noodle”), who was born with congenital heart disease. She wasn’t expected to make it past a few days old, and yet she’s still here almost 8 years later, proving that if one determined little girl can kick ass and live the life she believes in, so can we all. You can see more about Millie on her Facebook page
This website represents a combination of some of the important things in my life; my children, my family, and my love for the night sky.
I hope you enjoy the site and joining me on my journey to discovery through the final frontier and galaxies far, far away (#sorrynotsorry) Clear skies!