I got interested in astronomy - and astrophotography in particular - at the age of 16 thanks to the appearance of the bright comet 'Hale-Bopp' in 1997. My main interest lies in photography of the deep sky, which requires long exposure times under the starry skies. I don't pursue astrophotography for the science per se. I mainly do it because of the techniques and challenges involved in taking a good astrophotograph and because of the beauty all those celestial objects encompass.
Maurice F. Toet
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The photo above was taken at the "Dijkgat" forest, one of the dark sites I regularly visit. Courtesy of Rob Ebeling.