I’m an opera singer living in Varna,
Bulgaria (or in Vienna, Austria) with my wife Eli and the
east-european short haired tom-cat Ronnie (O’Sullivan). I was born
in Rom (Italy), but I grew up in Bulgaria. From an early age I am
fascinated by the stars and the opera. When I was nine years old I
built my first "telescope" - from a single spectacle lens and an
opera binoculars objective. In the late seventies I did my first
astrophotos with a small Russian 35 mm camera (see the equipment page).
I decided to
study astronomy and was admitted to the Sofia State University,
where I studied for two years.At this
time I started to develop a singing talent and switched to the
Music Academy which I finished five years later. Then begun my
operatic career, which for more than 20 years led me in the greatest
opera stages of the
course at that period because of my busy schedule I had no much time
to watch the stars, but my passion for astronomy remained
Since 2009 I'm
proud owner of an ASA 12 inch Astrograph fitted on an ASA DDM85
direct drive robotic mount. This gave me the possibility of making a
deep sky imaging. Unfortunately I live in the very center of the
city, which means a lots of light pollution. In this conditions the
only thing I can do is a narrowband imaging.
Thus if I want
to make a traditional RGB image I have to travel to the dark sites.
A perfect one is the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen. In
fact most of my deep sky images are done there.
Here I must say
that my astrophotography ventures would not be possible without my
wife, Eli,who not only tolerates the long sleepless nights, but
actively helps me in the process of image aquiring.
I hope you enjoy
the visit to this site. Please do not hesitate to contact me at mail(at)emilivanov(dot)com