Dedicated astrophotographer and accomplished image processor.
Martin Pugh’s interest in astronomy coincided with the appearance of Comet Hale Bopp in 1997, and soon thereafter he began to explore astrophotography, practicing image acquisition and image processing. His astrophotography took a major step up when he immigrated to Australia, where he located his roll-off observatory under the dark skies near Yass, New South Wales. He soon began to produce images admired by many and to receive awards for his work. Since June 2006, he has produced 56 APODs. His awards include the 2008 South Pacific Star Party winner, 2008 David Malin Awards (Deep Sky and overall competition winner), 2009 Royal Observatory (Greenwich) Astronomy Photographer of the Year (Deep Sky and overall competition winner), 2011 David Malin Awards, Deep Sky Award winner, 2012 Royal Observatory (Greenwich) Astronomy Photographer of the Year (Deep Sky and overall competition winner), and 2013 David Malin Awards (Deep Sky and overall competition winner).
Martin’s images have appeared in many science publications, magazines, and videos all over the world. One of his images was used to create the special effects in the 2014 science fiction blockbuster movie ‘Interstellar.’ In 2012, several of his images were part of a travelling astrophotography exhibit entitled Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography, originating at the Bates College Museum of Art.
After 39 years of naval service, Martin has now retired and established his own remote imaging, data subscription, and telescope hosting business from his home in rural Australia.
You can see his work on his website at https://www.martinpughastrophotography.space