Ambassadors of FORNAX MOUNTS

Alex Conu is an award-winning photographer, living in the Lofoten Islands, Norway. He has been fascinated with the night sky for as long as he can remember and has been an active promoter of astronomy to the public. Alex enjoys pretty much any kind of astrophotography, but likes being mobile. He is a member of TWAN - The World at Night.
Yuri Beletsky, an astronomer and nightscape astrophotographer. Images obtained by Yuri have been featured on popular websites, TV, in press releases, and in various books and magazines. He continually shares his passions for astronomy and astrophotography with people around the world.
Iván Éder started to photograph the night sky in 2000 with a 150/900 Maksutov-Newtonian. I used film techniques with manual guiding. After 3 years of imaging I still got trailed stars. I could not handle differential flexure, so in 2003 I moved to a 130/780 TMB apochromatic refractor. Award winning photographer.
Lóránd Fényes is a member of the Hungarian amateur astrophotographer community. Special award winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and had the honor of being selected for the NASA's APOD several times. After many years of practicing DSLR astrophotography, he graduated to an another experience and started working with CCD cameras on Fornax mounts.

Sergio Montúfar

Official Astrophotographer for Ciudad de La Plata Planetarium in Argentina since 2014. Landscape astrophotographer who likes to connect people, earth and sky since 2012. Timelapse and astrophotography director for the movie "el camino eterno". My photos have being featured in several science outreach media like APOD, sky & telescope among others. Runner up for TWAN 2016. My favorite and most challenging astrophotography technique is produce landscape astrophotography in Full Dome and VR format but I like any type of astrophotography. I am Guatemalan and I have a passion for astronomy and archaeology and I use my art to fight against light pollution and re-connect people with the sky.

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Scientifical Projects



The BlackGEM project is a wide-field telescope array dedicated to measure the optical emission from pairs of merging neutron stars and black holes. A few hours prior to the optical emission, these violent events should also emit copious amounts of gravitational radiation in the form of gravitational waves



The Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network (HATNet) Exoplanet Survey is a geographically distributed network of 7 small telescopes optimized for detecting transiting exoplanets. Since first light in 2003, we have discovered 60 exoplanets to date.



The Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network-South (HATSouth) Exoplanet Survey is a network of 6 astrograph telescope systems designed to detect transiting exoplanets in orbit around relatively bright stars visible from the Southern hemisphere.



The HAT-PI Project is building a telescope that will, in a single exposure, observe the majority of the night sky visible from its observing site in Chile in 30 seconds. This is accomplished by attaching up to 63 carefully aligned lens-and-camera sub-units to a large mount.