My name is Tan Thiam Guan (call
me TG) and I live in Perth, Western Australia. We've just moved back
here after a few years in Malaysia and Singapore.
Singapore was a challenging imaging location as it's a pretty urban place with
heavily light polluted skies. My neighbourhood was quite heavily lit at
night, which is important because I did all my imaging from my driveway.
Here's a photo of my neighbourhood.
Notice how bright the sky is!
There are nights when transparency is very good and the skies are mag 4 at
the zenith, but we don't get too many of them. Any high cloud or haze
tends to reflect city lights and makes the conditions difficult for astro-photography.
I started imaging when we lived in
the small seaside town of Miri, in the state of
Sarawak, Malaysia. Sarawak is on the island of Borneo, and is also
known as the land of the hornbill. To find out more about Miri
and Sarawak, click here.
Miri also has great sunsets - here's one..
Miri has dark skies but being tropical, all that cloud
I am an engineer and have a
keen interest in computers, photography, and of course, astronomy. Astro-imaging combines these interests very nicely.
My interest in astronomy started when I
was a kid and watched the Apollo 11 landing. I remember a special
issue of Life magazine with beautiful pictures of the moon.
Thereafter, I had two ambitions.
To own a telescope, and a dishwasher. Yes, I hated having to wash up.
I now have both - so dreams do come true.
My kids, unfortunately, do not share my
interest in astronomy. I think this is because they saw Jupiter (and
Saturn) too early and did not have the chance to first read about it and
spend some time wondering what it looked like in the flesh.