About Me

I am a physician at an academic medical center in Boston, MA.  My love of astronomy began in childhood, when I received a small, department store Newtonian scope and was disappointed to see that none of the objects looked like those in magazines.  I promised myself that once my training was done and I was settled down, I would once again return to astronomy and capture the wonders of the night sky through photography.

So now it's about 40 years later, and I find that there's not much more free time!  But my passion for astronomy, cosmology, and photography have found a perfect outlet in astrophotography, and it has become an addictive hobby.  I find myself imaging on almost every clear, moonless night (which isn't that common in New England), often after a long day at work.  Although I live near Boston, I image in the darker skies of North Smithfield, RI at my old homestead, which means that I must travel 50 miles to and from my imaging site every session.  I don't have an observatory, and I have to set up and take down every session.  My equipment has grown over the years and now includes an NJP mount, FSQ106 and VC200L telescopes, as well as STL11K, U32, and ST402 CCD cameras.  The images that I've captured still amaze me, and I take none of their beauty for granted.  Processing every image is an exercise in discovery, and I love the excitement of seeing an image appear before my eyes, and realizing that I captured it with my own equipment and skills.

I have published several research and clinical articles in my professional life, but I am just as satisfied when one of my astrophotography images is felt to be worthy of publication.   Astrophotography has become a part of my life, and it has added a dimension of enjoyment that I could not do without.  Also, the internet has greatly enhanced my experience in this hobby, since it has allowed me to share images and ideas with other astrophotographers around the world.  Some of my nicest astrophotography interactions have been in cyberspace, since I don't have much time to attend astronomy meetings due to my schedule.

More information about me, and about my astrophotography colleagues from around the world, can be found here.  I hope that you enjoy my webpage, and that you derive as much satisfaction as I do from this wonderful hobby!

All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra


Astrophotography Main Page