Italian astronomer, Rolando Ligustri is a veteran iTelescope member. He specialises in masterful imaging of comets but has recently completed his quest to image each of the 110 Messier targets using the iTelescope Network of renote telescopes.
"The idea of making an album with all 110 objects of the Messier catalog, came at the start of this year when checking my archives, i saw that i had already 60% of the work done; These photos are the fruit of 17 years of photography here in Italy, but the greater part of them were made remotely, first with the old GRAS system and now with the systems on iTelescope. I made the decision to try and was able to choose which was the right iTelescope to use (depending on the type of object to be photographed) and when to start the imaging sessions.
Slowly, slowly the project progressed and i was able to finish it at the end October 2012 when using the ITelescope system T5 just before the dawn by photographing remotely M105. I was able to finish and close the last box of my Messier album. Now that I have finished and looking at the result, I must say that I am especially happy, because I would never have believed I would be to be able to do this.…
For the future I will improve the pictures that are now present and that I am not satisfied, but I'm also thinking about an album of comets, I have since 1995 mainly been a photographer of these splendid celestial objects."