Bio - Pieter Vandevelde

Welcome! I am an astrophotographer residing just outside the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium.

Having been fascinated by the nightsky since childhood, I picked up astrophotography about 17 years ago. Starting out with some basic lunar and planetary imaging, I soon got involved in Deepsky astrophotography.

Today my focus lies on Deepsky and Solar photography; 2 very different disciplines within amateur astronomy, both requiring very specific kinds of equipment and techniques.

My current instruments include a 10" Newtonian reflector for deepsky astrophotography and a 6" H-alpha refractor for solar photography, both telescopes are custom instruments I designed and put together.

Nearly all my recent work has been mono-chromatic, as I prefer the aesthetics of black and white photography. My solar images are sometimes colourized to emphasize surface details.

I always strive to reduce image post-processing to an absolute minimum and aim to maintain the most natural and realistic representation for each object.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy your visit!

(pic below made by M. Toet)