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The Universe According to Earth

After a lifelong interest in science, Sam became interested in astronomy in 1987. He purchased a large telescope and other equipment and set about learning to observe and photograph the night skies--galaxies, moon, stars, nebulae, etc. This was supplemented by trips to many astronomical observatories and space science installations across the United States. He also photographed hundreds of objects through a microscope, a process called photomicrography. In 1994, he combined the two interests and originated a new method of astronomical observing using the microscope to view night pictures taken through a normal camera lens. He named the process astromicroscopy and astrophotomicrography. You can learn about it at his astronomy website.

This activity culminated in the creation of a sixty-painting exhibition, "The Universe According to Earth," depicting astronomical objects and principles as well as space science. This was exhibited for a year in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Discovery Place, and for a year at Randall Library at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The collection was then donated to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where it is permanently exhibited in Dobo Hall, a large science building.  The two paintings below are from that collection.

Horsehead Nebula
Horsehead Nebula

 Trifid Nebulae Trifid Nebulae


Simply put, astrophotography is the process of photographing the sky. The following examples were taken using a camera and telescope.

Orion Nebula Orion Nebula

Lunar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse


In the mid-1990s, Sam wrote A Guide to Astromicroscopy and An Astromicroscopy Study of the Southern Hemisphere based on his research on astronomy. These two works are in the collections of the New Hanover County Public Library, Randall Library at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and libraries of astronomy societies worldwide.  The following examples illustrate typical results attainable using astromicroscopy.

Astromicroscopy photograph
A 50mm Ektachrome 400 (pp800) 8 minute time exposure at f 2. of the area in constellation Sagittarius in which is located the Sagittarius Star Cloud, the teapot asterism, and nebulae Lagoon and Trifid and a host of other well-known astronomical subjects. It is also the direction of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.  

Astromicroscopy photograph
Upper left - Seven Crown micro-constellation in Cepheus.
Upper right - Triple star in Andromeda.
Lower left - Arcturus.
Lower right - NGC 281 in Cassiopeia.

North Carolina Astronomy Photography
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