I was born in 1981 in the Hague and currently live in Zoetermeer (Netherlands). Astronomy has been part of my life since the appearance of comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. In 1999 I got involved in astrophotography, using an Olympus OM-1 piggybacked on a 114 mm Newtonian reflector. My main interest lies in photography of the deep sky, which requires long exposure times under the starry skies. People sometimes ask me why I pursue astrophotography. I don't do it for the science per se. I mainly do it because of the techniques and challenges involved in taking a good astrophotograph and of course because the pure beauty all those celestial objects encompass.
Maurice F. Toet
The photo above was taken at the "Dijkgatbos", one of the dark sites I regularly visit. Courtesy of Rob Ebeling.