The reason why I have chosen astrophotograhy as a hobby
As a child, I was also fond of browsing books about space, space exploration and starry sky which have brought astronomy closer to me. Astronomy has begun to be more serious for me in 2001, when I got my first astronomical telescope. Unfortunately, a lot of people are expecting the truly Hubble scene from the telescope, so they give up star-gazing very quickly. This was not the case in my situation. I was captivated by the sparkling stars over our heads. From that point on, I became sure that I would really like to deal with astronomy more seriously.
We are currently living in the renaissance of photography. Thanks to the mobile phones, there is at least one camera in everyone’s pocket to capture different life situations. The desire is reviving inside me to capture and share the miracles that can be seen through the telescope with others. So, initially I began to deal with capturing of celestial objects to complement the visual observations by means of very primitive tools.
The prettiness of visual observation is that you can see the sky wonders during the dark nights over our heads with our own eyes. As I dealt consciously more and more with this type of photography, I was less and less participating in the visual observations. Even a simple image has shown more details than it can be seen through the telescope. In addition to this, it is a professional challenge for me to improve my used equipment for perfection to design or even produce brand new ones. According to my confession, under the sky you need to arrange everything in order to capture the greatest and most attentive image since there is no chance for any kind of correction after releasing the exposure button of the camera.
I began to take part in this genre of photography at the time of the first appearance of digital SLRs which was in 2006. The use of devices in astronomical photography was an unbeaten way for everyone. Thanks to this in the early years, a lot of problems have arisen. First and foremost, I have tried to find out the root of a particular mistake and the way how I can repair it. Of course, we shared our results within the astronomical community and I have learned a lot from them. I have never given up in spite of a lot of fuzzy and optically misaligned images. Step by step, I have gone through a lot of initial test and trial. One goal has driven to me: my latest shot I have wanted to take a more and more eye-appealing image.
During my years of astrophotography, I improved my equipment in order to use them under really dark skies. That time I could join to the team which regularly goes to Ágasvár in order to take astrophotographs and has a superb feeling. The main base of my relocations has remained the same since that time. Two years later, I managed to reach the southern sky. I had the possibility to capture the beauties of the southern sky from there. So, the sky has opened for me.
I would have liked to show my images to the World. Therefore, I submitted my application to some international competitions. My major international successes were the very good places at the competition of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and at the competition of ASA Astro Systeme Austria (Austrian telescope manufacturing company). well known
Recently, I have went back to school and have attended to the base course of the Eötvös Loránd University Department of Astronomy, which gave me a new way of seeing my astronomical knowledge. Thanks to that course, I have got a whole new set of ideas and inspirations. Presently, I am capturing the sky from a totally different perspective then I did before.
Nowadays, I am deliberately choosing a distant location from the light-polluted cities for my place of relocation. The relocation takes for days or sometimes for weeks. My aim is to capture the most unforgettable celestial miracles. For these occasions, I am well prepared ahead with the best matching photo shooting plan for the relevant month.
Prizes, publications and appearances so far:
- July of 2018. - Astrocamera 2018 competition, Honorary mention: The Saturn
- July of 2018. - Astrocamera 2018 competition, Honorary mention: Andromeda galaxy
- June of 2018. - Olympus Photo Marathon in Medves: Astrophotography exhibition with two photos of mine
- September of 2017. - I became state-aided by the Hungarian Talent Support Program
- September of 2017. - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year: shortlisted in ‘Our Moon’ category
- September of 2017. - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Runner up of ‘Star and Nebula’ category
- August of 2017. - Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week
- January of 2017. - One shot of mine was appeared in the SkyWatcher’s years calendar
- During 2017. - Hungarian Astronomical Association has used my photo during the Messier year
- August of 2016. Csillagok távcsővégen (Astronomical book) was illustrated with four images of mine.
- May of 2016. - Földgömb magazine: Born place of a star cluster
- 2016. Atik Astrophotography Competition: Highly commended shoot
- September of 2016. - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Shortlisted in ‘Deepspace’ category
- August of 2016. - I have written an article about Lunar image processing for the Sky at Night magazine
- January of 2016. - Two shots of mine were appeared in the SkyWatcher’s years calendar
- November of 2015. - Meteor magazine, astrophoto of the month: Messier 8
- September of 2015. - ASA-Fotowettbewerb bei Sterne und Weltraum: Astrophoto competition 1st place.
- September of 2015. - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Winner in ‘Our Moon’ category
- September of 2015. - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Runner up in ‘Planets, Comets and Asteroids’ category
- February of 2014. - National Geographic: Astrophoto of the month
- November of 2013. - Meteor magazine, astrophoto of the month: Shark nebula
- September of 2013. - Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Shortlisted in ‘solar system’ category
- August of 2013. - Földgömb magazine: The Milky Way
- June of 2013. - Földgömb magazine: The comet PanSTARRS
- May of 2013. - Astrobook.sk, Astrophoto of the month: Carina
- March of 2013. - Földgömb magazine: Horsehead in scorpion
- February of 2013.- Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week
- February of 2013. - Astrobook.sk, astrophoto of the month: Skorpion
- November of 2012. - Astrobook.sk, astrophoto of the month: vdb141
- March of 2012. - Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week
- October of 2011. - Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week
- March of 2010. - Meteor magazine: Photo of the month
- April of 2010. - Lunar Photo of the Day co-author
- January of 2010. - Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week co-author
- May of 2009. - Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week co-author
- November of 2008. - Csillagaszat.hu: Astrophoto of the week