Local astro-photographer; Paul Schulz awarded 1st Place in prestigious photo contest

The EAC Discovery Park Campus congratulates local astronomer and photographer; Paul Schulz, for receiving the first-place award for his “wide-field astronomy” photograph; “Milky Way rising with planets, Scorpius, and meteor framed by old fashioned wind mill” from the prestigious Astronomical League’s 2018 OPT (Oceanside Photo and Telescope) Imaging contest.

The Astronomical League’s annual astronomy photography contest is open to members of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. The Astronomical League is one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

Paul Schulz, Pastor at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, also shares his astronomical interests with the community; he is currently serving as the President of the Desert SkyGazers Astronomy Club, where he volunteers his time and knowlege with his personal telescope at school and community star-parties, and as an operator of the amazing 20” Tinsley Telescope at the EAC Discovery Park Campus’ Gov Aker Observatory.  Mr. Schulz is also a popular tour guide for the world-leading telescopes at the Mt. Graham International Observatory on Mt. Graham, as well as a “SkySpotter” for the University of Arizona and the Large Binocular Telescope’s ARGOS Laser Program.

The beautiful image was captured with a Canon 60 MkII and 28 mm Rokinon lens and tripod, with ISO 2500, f/2.2, 15 seconds on March 16, 2018.

Mr. Schulz and members of the Desert SkyGazers Astronomy Club will be sharing a FREE Nightscape Photography Workshop at the EAC Discovery Park Campus on Saturday, September 8, from 7:00-9:00pm for everyone from beginners to experts in nightscape and astronomy photography.

For more information on the Desert SkyGazers Astronomy Club, the EAC Discovery Park Campus or the FREE Nightscape Photography Workshop, please call (928) 428-6260 or discoverypark@eac.edu .