About meMy name is Martin Rusterholz and I live about 30 km East of Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. Major parts of the study included nuclear physics and digital image processing. Today I am working as network engineer for a major Swiss telecommunication provider.
In 2007, I refurbished my old equipment and started with astrophotography, using a DSLR. 2008 I produced the first CCD-images with a small APO refractor on a Losmandy G11. Helping my friend Daniel Marquardt building his remote observatory in Southern France (ROSA), the idea of building my own one at the same place came to my mind, which turned to reality in spring 2009. Since fall the same year, my rolloff-roof observatory houses an 14.5" RCOS scope sitting on a ASA-DDM85 mount.
My main interest is capturing and processing images of galaxies. Expanding this occupation, I joined a group of astrophotographers including Jay GaBany owning a 20" RCOS at Sierra Remote 2011.
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