Foton Pharming from FRO

G'day, my name is Steve Quirk, this website is presented to feature how I go about imaging astronomical objects observed in the night sky from the southern hemisphere.

For harvesting photons of light from the distant cosmos, I use the sensitive low-light GSTAR-EX Deep-Sky Video Camera as a versatile and reasonably priced alternative to DSLR or more expensive dedicated astronomical CCD cameras.

There's a bit about me, Frog Rock Observatory and the GSTAR Camera, something to cheer you up, something to depress you - light pollution, image processing techniques, a meteor detection system, some personal gripes and info on a couple of books I've co-authored with Steve Massey.

The content on this website is what it is ...  it is what I share with you ...

if you get something out of it, that's great, otherwise it don't matter.

So, you won't find me on

I'm not interested in what everyone else had for breakfast !

Yes, I suffer from Visiobibliophobia

Always remember...

"Authority can lie but nature does not" -  R.P.Feynman

I've reached an age where I have settled into three distinct states of mind... Sarcastic, Angry and downright Snippy.

* Buying a new telescope, please do your research and read this important review too. *

Version 1.0 - 3rd August 1999

Current Version 13.666VIVIVI - Now Mobile Friendly... woopdy-friggin-do!

Latest update:

18th March 2018 - The building of a 1/60th scale Apollo Saturn V rocket and gantry tower

18th January 2018 - The Crab Nebula, imaged 12 years apart

17th January 2018 - More Sprites recorded with meteor cameras