A love for the night sky…
My name is Trevor Jones and I enjoy observing and photographing the night sky very much. I consider myself to be an amateur astrophotographer at this point, as I have been learning new techniques and progressing my skills since 2010.
My modest photography equipment allows me to capture amazing images of deep-sky objects, right from my own backyard. Most bios I read online state that the author had always been interested in space and astronomy, from a young age. I am a bit different in the fact that I didn’t discover my love of astronomy until I was 25 years old.
Video: A typical night in my backyard
Like many people, the very first step I took was to research and purchase a telescope online. I read countless reviews and visited many astronomy forums to make sure that I had the ultimate “starter” scope. I ended up choosing an Orion 4.5″ Dobsonian Reflector, as it promised the best views my budget could afford. I was extremely happy with that telescope, and still remember that first summer using it. I spent less and less time at the bars, and more time under the stars.
I still remember my first time seeing the cloud belts of Jupiter, and the Pleiades star cluster. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my experiences with that first telescope were crucial towards nurturing my love for this hobby, and my continued interest.
I progressed my new found hobby further by investing a motorized tracking mount with go-to; The Celestron CG-5. The learning curve into astrophotography was steep for me, but my passion for it was very strong.
I researched information constantly, getting the best results from astrophotography forums and chat rooms. By then I was using a used 6″ Meade LXD75 Schmitt-Newtonian I purchased from the local photography store. I also sprung for an Orion 50mm Guide Scope and Meade DSI Pro II CCD Camera to begin autoguiding.
Needless to say, I wasted many clear nights due to technical difficulties. It was at this point that I think the casual astrophotographer would have packed it in. I was missing out on social activities to fight with all of this technical equipment when astronomy was supposed to provide me with a peaceful release from my busy life as a Creative Director. Nevertheless, I was determined to become an astrophotographer, so I pushed forward.
It was around this time that I was introduced to the National Astronomical Society of Canada – Niagara Centre. A local astronomy club about 15 minutes from home. It was there that I met some of the most helpful and knowledgeable astrophotographers I’ve ever met. My knowledge and understanding of astronomy and photography was now on the fast-track to the level of the other members in the club. I am still a member of RASC Niagara today and hold the position of Webmaster and Newsletter Editor.
I feel obligated to pay-it-forward and share my knowledge on this subject with beginner astrophotographers so that they can experience the joy and satisfaction of this addictive hobby. I still have a lot to learn, and that is half the fun. This blog is an outlet that not only helps others but strengthens my own interest in astronomy. Thank you so much very stopping by, and taking the time to learn more about me.
Trevor Douglas Jones
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Niagara Centre
Newsletter Editor, Webmaster
If you are interested in learning more about DSLR astrophotography, please visit the resources section of this website to have look at some of the recommended software I use. From there, you can begin reading some of the tutorials or watching them on my YouTube channel. For the most up-to-date information and images, you can also follow AstroBackyard on Facebook.