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BIOGRAPHY

 

Born in Burnley, Lancashire in the north of England, he migrated with his parents as a child to Australia where he continued to live until moving to the USA in 2000. Terry's interest in Astronomy along with photography began some 40 years ago in Australia. He says his main inspiration was that of the late Sir Patrick Moore of the BBC. He would usually travel to the outback in Northern Victoria where the skies are so dark the milky way can cast a shadow.

 

Terry Hancock's images have been published in Astronomy, Sky At Night and Sky and Telescope magazines along with many well known online publications. His images are used by several large corporations and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the recent India Astro-Photo Festival in New Delhi.

 

Today he resides in the town of Fremont, Michigan with his wife, 2 cats and a dog where the skies are moderately dark. His modest equipment is permanently mounted in a 8' x8' observatory. Terry specializes in Deep Sky Astrophotography. The majority of his images are 15 hour or longer accumulated exposures using CCD cameras.

 

When not pursing his passion, Terry can often be found giving lectures and demonstrations on Astrophotography or giving advice to those attempting to do what he does so well.

  

What are we looking at?

 

My astro images are all images of deep sky objects, many of them thousands or millions of light years away from Earth, we are kind of looking into a virtual time machine and in some cases at objects where their light we see today commenced it’s journey before man walked our planet.

For example, M31 "The Andromeda Galaxy" the closest spiral galaxy to our own "the milky way" is some 2.5 million light years away from us. In areas like mine in Bridgeton, Fremont and at the Stephen F Wessling Observatory It is visible on a moonless night with the naked eye and seen as a faint smudge in the constellation of Andromeda. It covers an area of sky equal to more than 6 times the diameter of the moon. Even when viewed through a moderately powerful telescope, little detail can be seen. In order to be able to capture the light and detail from a dim object such as M31, it is necessary to shoot really long exposures and lots of them, I usually shoot 15 minute or 20 minute exposures. The DSLR or CCD camera is hooked up to a telescope which is essentially a giant telephoto lens. This telescope along with other equipment is connected to an equatorial mount (instead of a tripod) and it follows the target across the sky as the earth rotates. The M31 project took quite a few clear nights where the telescope is pointed at the same target and framed in exactly the same position each night. At the end of the project each exposure is combined to equal the total exposure time (in the case of M31 which was a 10 hour exposure and then stacked together to create one single image, then later processed in photoshop.

 

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M31 Andromeda Galaxy (NGC 224)

 

M45 Pleiades (The Seven Sisters)

 

M33 Triangulum Galaxy 18.25 Hours

 

Astrophotography Exhibition Dogwood Center Fremont MI

Astrophotography Exhibition Dogwood Center Fremont MI

 

Published in Astronomy Magazine's "Spectacular Universe" page 65 Summer 2011 www.astronomy.com/en/Magazine/Special%20Issues/2008/10/Sp...

M45 Pleiades (The Seven Sisters)

 

A recent article by Doug Furton in The Grand Haven Tribune newspaper titled "WHAT'S UP: Astro-photographs are like nothing you’ve ever seen"

www.grandhaventribune.com/content/whats-astro-photographs...

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I met Terry while using the Flickr site and from that day I fell in love with his beautiful pictures, we started to exchange comments, although I was beginning in astrophotography, always got his best reviews and giving me encouragement to keep improving every day. After all this time, I consider Terry as a friend, by … Read more

I met Terry while using the Flickr site and from that day I fell in love with his beautiful pictures, we started to exchange comments, although I was beginning in astrophotography, always got his best reviews and giving me encouragement to keep improving every day. After all this time, I consider Terry as a friend, by mail confidential and because it has proven to be a wonderful person, always willing to help others and it shows with your photos as small as we are and important at the same time, within this vast universe. I look forward to learning a lot from your photos. Congratulations Terry and do not stop to amaze us with your wonders.

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December 19, 2012

I love Terry's photographs because every time I look at one of them I can find something new and my mind can wander places I've never though about before. And that's one of the reasons I asked Terry to be part of my project for which I am interviewing amazing photographers and then post them with a short bio and 6 phot… Read more

I love Terry's photographs because every time I look at one of them I can find something new and my mind can wander places I've never though about before. And that's one of the reasons I asked Terry to be part of my project for which I am interviewing amazing photographers and then post them with a short bio and 6 photographs on my Czech photography blog. Right now they are only in Czech, but some say Chrome can help you with that. Anyway I am grateful Terry gave me his time and answers and you can find his interview right here: www.odcloneno.com...

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December 31, 2011

What can i say about Terry that hasn't already been said? Having started my own work with astrophotography a year ago, I feel blessed to have joined the Hypercams group where I met Terry. To me Terry has been a terrific support in the truest sense of the word. He has patiently provided me with his advice over the last … Read more

What can i say about Terry that hasn't already been said? Having started my own work with astrophotography a year ago, I feel blessed to have joined the Hypercams group where I met Terry. To me Terry has been a terrific support in the truest sense of the word. He has patiently provided me with his advice over the last few months and has always taken out his time to comment on my images. Throughout the duration Terry and I have been in touch, I have gotten the chance to get to know him better and I am most impressed at his kindness. He has been more than enthusiastic to process some of my images and offer recommendations on how I could get better. That being said, I have hardly come across anyone so dedicated to perfecting their technique and bringing out the best in their images for the rest of us to see. All those nights you’ve stayed awake has definitely payed off Terry. Everyone loves your images! I wish you the best with your exhibitions and your future work. I am definitely a fan and am rooting for you! Zaid

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September 9, 2011

Terry Hancock is a personal friend of mine. Terry's work in Astro Imaging has been so inspiring to me and to many others. We first met when he was looking for a new DSLR for his Astro Imaging, we quickly became friends, and continue to talk on a regular basis, even though we have never met face to face. He honored me b… Read more

Terry Hancock is a personal friend of mine. Terry's work in Astro Imaging has been so inspiring to me and to many others. We first met when he was looking for a new DSLR for his Astro Imaging, we quickly became friends, and continue to talk on a regular basis, even though we have never met face to face. He honored me by using a camera that I modified for him, and through him I have lived vicariously by the brilliant images he has produced, and the countless awards he has won with those images. I wish him all the luck in the world, and hope he continues to give us, the rest of the world, more beautiful views of the heavens around us! All the best to a wonderful guy, and an extremely talented and heavily devoted AstroPhotographer!! Cheers, mate! Brent Oliver HyperCams & Mods

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September 7, 2011

I am in love with astronomy since I was kid (now I am 38). In 1991 my parents bought me a Vixen Superpolaris S150R but at that time I had no possibilities to take pictures. I have waited since this year to start taking the first steps but you are out of reach! :-) So I will consider your wonderful pics as something ne… Read more

I am in love with astronomy since I was kid (now I am 38). In 1991 my parents bought me a Vixen Superpolaris S150R but at that time I had no possibilities to take pictures. I have waited since this year to start taking the first steps but you are out of reach! :-) So I will consider your wonderful pics as something near to me and something to achieve in some point in my life! Really wonderful pics. All my appeciation! Congrats. Davide Gabino (Strolicfurlan)

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April 24, 2011

Terry Hancock's photographs of the worlds around our world absolutely astound me. Looking through his stream on black with your mind open is really about as close as you can get to traveling through space. The time, energy and skill he puts into his photography amazes me. I do not know Terry in the traditional … Read more

Terry Hancock's photographs of the worlds around our world absolutely astound me. Looking through his stream on black with your mind open is really about as close as you can get to traveling through space. The time, energy and skill he puts into his photography amazes me. I do not know Terry in the traditional sense, but through flickr and emails I feel that I have gotten to know him, and I believe he is a great guy. He is always willing to share his knowledge and know-how about his craft. Thanks for sharing your breathtaking work Terry!!!! Dan Ballard

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April 14, 2011