Hi PROXIMO here . I live in Italy, in a city in Tuscany called Pietrasanta ( in the Versilia area ), which is within a step from the seaside;just about fifty miles from Florence. I'm a designer in marble works and I'm very passioned about astronomical photography ,reading and music. I approached photography late, around when I was 25. I started directly from astro photography . I began with an old olympus OM-1, 'till when, one fine day, I came across in a Nikon FM2 SLR camera...It was love at first using! I really got good time ,in those days, with it and my telescope. My firs experiences in the astronomical photography was not so good ,and those first results really frustrated me! I spent four years under the night sky before reaching decent results. Those first experiences led me to a new approach to the photography ,technical and expressive, and led me to the knowledge ,step by step, of the "tradictional photography. Recently I turn from the analogic photography to the digital ( which I distrusted till that moment )...I have to tell you the truth..I found it very funny and this new rush led me to a new inpirations. Now ,for the astrophoto, I generally use a MEADE Schmidt Cassegrain 8" reflector telescope (F2000mm f/10 ,that I use to reduce to f/6.3),one F 800mm refractor ,and a russian made F 1000mm catadioptric that I use also as guide instrument.