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Highlands Astronomical Society

Maarten de Vries

Maarten has had an interested in astronomy since he was a small boy. He's been a member of the Society since 1999. He's especially interested in photographing wide field deep space objects. His equipment comprises of a Helios Apollo 150 f/6.7 short tube newtonian, a Helios Startravel 102 f/5 refractor and a German Equatorial mount with dual axis drives. For imaging he uses either a Pentax K1000 SLR, a Minolta S404 (4Mpix digital camera), a QuickCam Express modified web camera, or a purpose built high sensitivity 640x480 pixels colour video camera using a Sony CCD chip from a decommissioned video conferencing system.

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