About the Authors


Stephen Chadwick

Stephen originates from England but moved to New Zealand in 2004. The dark skies near Himatangi Beach, in the Manawatu, provide superb conditions for undertaking deep sky astrophotography of astronomical objects south of the celestial equator. Stephen has had images published in Astronomy Now and the BBC's Sky at Night magazine and is the president of the Horowhenua Astronomical Society. All the astro-images presented in this book were taken by Stephen over a two and a half year period.

Ian Cooper

Ian has been active in amateur astronomy for nearly four decades. In that time, Ian has become a specialist in deep-sky observing and was very active in deep-sky astrophotography at a time when hypersensitizing film to enhance the film's capabilities was as good as it got. Being an amateur Ian was not strictly limited to deep-sky observing. Ian often contributed comet observations to the R.A.S.N.Z. Comet and Minor Planet Section, as well as acting as the North Island Coordinator of the Aurora & Solar Section of the R.A.S.N.Z. Ian has submitted over fifty auroral observations to that section from his home in the lower North Island of New Zealand since 1978.

Ian is currently the president of the Palmerson North Astronomical Society and also holds the office of the vice-president of the Horowhenua Astronomical Society and the Phoenix Astronomical Society that covers much of the lower North Island of New Zealand.

Ian Cooper is also a co-author of the "Night Sky Observer's Guide, Vol. III - The Southern Sky" (Willmann-Bell, 2009). This book proved a great source of detailed information to both authors as they planned their strategy for this book. Ian currently fronts an astronomical television show called "Southern Nights".