Ever since a local space camp excursion and model rocketry obsession as a child, I’ve been enamored by the wonder of the night sky. In 2011 purchased my first telescope. One year later I took my first long-exposure deep space photo (Messier 13 – the Hercules globular cluster) using a home-built equatorial platform and that same same dobsonian telescope.

That was the beginning.

Since then, I’ve photographed deep-sky objects (DSO), lunar and planetary astrophotography, wide-field and landscape astrophotography, daytime and night sky time lapse, and I am still and always learning.

In 2013, my passion led me to Tanja Schmitz (http://AstroTanja.com), to move to Johannesburg, South Africa, and we got hitched. Together we travel to find dark skies in both hemispheres and work to share the enormity of space as we see it through our cameras and telescopes.


In 2015, Tanja and I started PhotographingSpace.com to help anyone and everyone learn astrophotography through our combined knowledge and with the help of a team of astrophotographers from around the world.

Talks // Workshops // Inspiration

Sometimes I give talks and teach astrophotography workshops in the hopes of inspiring other humans to just look up a little more. Both myself and Tanja have given astrophotography and space/astronomy related talks at public expos as well as privately for small and large groups.

Interested in using a photo or contacting me?
Send email to: cory@astroshake.com