• Welcome to Sky Hound Observatory and Astrophotography

    About Us

    Inspired by Wonders of the Universe

    My name is Tom Beck and after 50 years running a technology company have finally gotten the opportunity to indulge my childhood fascination with wonders of the universe.  Opportunities for continuous learning on theoretical and practical aspects of astronomy and astrophotography seem endless.  That education began with purchase of an 8 inch reflector and soon developed into a fairly powerful addiction that is helping to burn off our children's inheritance.  It is also easy to get excited about sharing the stunning and humbling wonders of the universe with others of all ages.


    Contact: tlbeckusa@gmail.com

    Sandy Utah Observatory

    HD10 Home Dome

    Orion 16 Inch SkyQuest Telescope

    Orion 60 mm Guide Scope

    Orion StarShoot Autoguider

    Equatorial Platform

    Typical Image Acquisition Technique

         50 ISO 3200-6400 Bias and Dark Frames

         50 ISO 3200-6400/10-20 Sec Light Frames

    Duchesne Utah Observatory

    HD15 Home Dome

    Obsession 22 Inch UC Telescope

    Stellarvue 80 mm Guide Scope

    Orion StarShoot Autoguider 

    Equatorial Platform

    Typical Image Acquisition Technique

        50 ISO 3200-6400 Bias and Dark Frames

        50 ISO 3200-6400/10-20 Sec Light Frames

    Sandy Observatory Clear Sky Chart

    Duchesne Observatory Clear Sky Chart

    Astronomy Downloads

    This section includes various papers and spread sheets developed to aid in pursuit of my interest in astrophotography.  Spread sheets developed from public sources for multiple stars, deep sky objects, and planetary nebula have be modified to show meridian transit altitude and time for a location specified by observation site input parameters.