About Charles

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Charles K Byrne

Photographer

       Charles' love of all things astronomy began as a young boy when his father and he would walk in chilly Colorado mornings to the neighborhood park and marvel at the beauty of universe.
      As his life continued, such mundane matters as work, bills, and responsibilities demanded his time and attention.  An eclectic progression of jobs and careers followed... Aviation Structural Mechanic in the US Navy,  singer, impersonator, apartment maintenance, Combat Medic in the Army National Guard, Hospital security Supervisor... kept Charles busy and ever-learning new skills.
Astronomy is an expensive hobby, though, and it took an extraordinary life shake-up before Charles would return to his first love.
After relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014, Charles eventually became a Wedding Minister and finally had the time and ability to once again spend hours soaking in the night sky.
Although Vegas is not exactly conducive to dark skies, there are countless dark skies within just a few hours' drive from Sin City.

   The photos in www.SkyWatcher.gallery are from many of these locations, The Grand Canyon, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Yellowstone National Park, Mojave National Wildlife Preserve, Death Valley National Park.  Check back often for new locations and new photos.
 

My Toys:
Nikon Cameras: 

D5100, D5300
Nikon Lenses:

Nikkor 300mm 1:4.5      

Rokinon 1.4/24mm, 

Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm F2.8 IF) DX

Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm 1:35-5.6G

Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5

Canon Cameras:

EOS Rebel T1i, EOS Rebel T5i

Canon Lenses:

Rokinon 2.0/16mm

Canon EFS 18-55mm

Tracking Devices:
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Astro Pack

Meade LX65 Mount and Tripod with AudioStar

iEXOS-100-2 PMC-Eight Eq Tracker System 

Telescopes:
Celestron - CGX 1100 Computerized Telescope - 11”  SCT - CGX

 

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