In 2015, Stéphane and Francis meet at the AIP Stage and realize that they have practically the same set up ( Newton Skyvision MT250 on EQ8).
Many exchanges follow. Training courses in small groups are organized on weekends, where we meet to improve the image processing with conviviality.
We share our experience and little by little the two set up are put identical with the same cameras, (Moravian G2 4000).
Lows moving from West to East, we frequently check that when the weather is nice in the West, it is then nice in the East. This would allow us to increase our acquisition times.
Acquisitions and treatments are thus finally shared via a Dropbox, and we are grouped under the name Newton from East to West, hence the creation of this site astronew.fr.
This is the beginning of a great adventure, which then evolves with the construction of an observatory in Portugal,(See astroaro.fr website) with an investment project with a greater focus.
Please note that we have a few places available in the Portugal South observatory.
WHO ARE WE?
STÉPHANE: Fluid mechanics and energy engineer by training. Manager of the family company of construction, repair and sale of agricultural machinery since 2005, I have been passionate about astronomy and astrophotography since college. I started astrophotography in parallel in argentic. During my studies I took a break from astronomy. After the birth of my son in 2010, I came back to my passion with an Apn EOS 10D and an Eq6 goto.
Since then, I’ve been dedicating myself to the deep sky, nebulae in SHO and galaxies, with a Newton 250-900 f/d 3.6 and a FSQ 106 telescope, in two independent remote observatories.
FRANCIS: Methods Engineer in the Automotive industry, then Director of a Printing Company (from Pre-press to Finishing) for more than 15 years, I share my retirement between Astrophoto and furniture making.
I discovered my interest in space during the conquest of the moon. Being unable by my professional activities to practice Astronomy, I was able to satisfy this passion when I retired in 2009. Having started in planetary with a 12 inch Meade LX 200, I quickly turned to deep sky objects with a telescope and then with a Newton 250-900. Having a very marked interest for photography in general, large SHO nebulae are for the moment my predilection, because the focal length of my instrument does not allow me to have the same richness of detail in the galaxies.