Martin Pugh Astrophotography - Biography
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At 16 years of age, Martin
Pugh left his home town of
A few months later, Martin purchased an 8” Meade LX200, and a couple of months after that, a Starlight Express HX516. Learning and practicing continued and he purchased just about every astrophotography book available on the market at the time.
The next major equipment
upgrade occurred in 2004 prior to emigrating to Australia, yet through
various reasons he was yet to take a deep-sky image. This new equipment was
briefly used in
Finally, under great skies and with a static observatory in place, Martin was able to put all of the theory into practice and secured his first NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day on 1 Jun 2006, a collaborative effort with Rob Gendler. Since then, Martin has secured 43 APODs (3 collaboratively with Rob Gendler, and 4 using Hubble Legacy Archive data). In addition, he has been placed in the following competitions:
· 2008 - South Pacific Star Party – Winner
· 2008 - The David Malin Awards – Deep Sky and overall competition winner.
· 2009 – Astronomy Photographer of Year (Royal Observatory Greenwich) – Deep Sky and overall competition winner.
· 2010 - Astronomy Photographer of Year (Royal Observatory Greenwich) – Runner- up - Deep Sky.
· 2011 – The David Malin Awards – Deep Sky winner.
· 2012 – Astronomy Photographer of the Year (Royal Observatory Greenwich) – Deep Sky and overall competition winner.
· 2013 - The David Malin Awards – Deep Sky and overall competition winner.
In addition, his images have appeared in Australian Sky and Telescope (several times), Astronomie (France), The Boston Globe, US Sky and Telescope, as part of a Celestial Navigation DVD for the Royal Australian Navy, Explorations: An introduction to Astronomy, Astrophoto Insight, as part of a video release of NGC 3603 by Hubble, books (Deep-Sky Wonders - Sky and Telescope), Treasures of the Southern Sky - Gendler), (Beautiful Universe - Sky and Telescope), (21st Century Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies – Cover), (Starfinder), (Explorations: An introduction to Astronomy), (Pathways to Astronomy), several other recent Astronomy related text books and several occasional articles and lecture pieces. There are also a few ‘crowning moments’ of note, particularly: