Hello! My name is Ruslan Ilnitsky, I am 37 years old. I am an astronomer, astrophotographer, science promoter, and also the author of the book “How to Observe the Stars. A Practical Guide” published by AST. At the age of 7, I made my first telescope by myself. It was around this age that my serious interest in astronomy began. During my school years, thanks to victories in city, regional, all-Russian and international Olympiads in astronomy and space physics, I was able to visit the largest Russian observatories – SAO (Zelenchukskaya station, Karachay-Cherkessia) and KrAO (Nauchny settlement, Crimea). The sight of giant telescopes impressed me for the rest of my life. It was then that I realized that my passion for astronomy was forever.
I am a radio engineer by training; I graduated from the Taganrog Technological Institute of the Southern Federal University in 2008, Faculty of Radio Engineering with a degree in Household Radio-Electronic Equipment.
I also received additional astronomical education at Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov:
In 2023, he took part in the VI methodological seminar on teaching astronomy at school from the Trajectory Foundation: “Траектория”:
Astrophotography is a type of astronomical observation that involves photographing or videoing space objects. I have been doing this since 2001 and have gone from film Zenit camera to modern astronomical cameras. I photograph various celestial objects – the Moon, planets, the Sun, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters, meteors, comets. My dream is to film an asteroid falling on Jupiter. Whenever possible, I try to photograph something interesting in the sky. During the warm season, several times a month I travel away from city light to get high-quality images of faintly luminous celestial bodies.
I regularly speak at various astronomy festivals with reports on astrophotography and conduct master classes on lunar-solar-planetary photography. I am constantly studying various techniques for taking and processing images of astronomical objects, and also developing my own techniques. In 2017, I attended the lecture “High Resolution Astrophotography” and the master class “Planetary image processing – Getting the most out of your images” by the world famous astrophotographer Damian Peach.
Since 1999, I have been conducting astronomical observations in parks and central streets—the so-called “sidewalk” observations. Everyone can see the lunar surface and planets with their own eyes with high magnification. Over the years, I have held more than 700 such events. In my opinion, sidewalks are a great way to popularize astronomy.
I am the author of the book “How to Observe the Stars. A Practical Guide” published by AST. In it, I describe in simple and understandable language the main points of amateur astronomy, namely: choosing a telescope, conducting astronomical observations, using star charts and caring for optical equipment. You can also learn about the basics of astrophotography from the book. The book is perfect for beginning astronomy enthusiasts taking their first steps in space exploration.
I offer services for conducting astronomical classes and observations with children and adults in sanatoriums, schools, boarding houses, as well as individually. My experience in conducting mass astronomical observations is more than 20 years. I give lectures and conduct master classes at various astronomical and popular science events:
Astrofest (Moscow, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2023)
Geek Picnic (Krasnodar, 2018, 2019)
Astrofestival “July Planetarium” (Belorechensk, 2018, 2019)
Yuri’s Night (Perm 2019)
Horizon of Science (Krasnodar, 2020)
V Astronomical Festival in memory of O.V. Verkhodanova (Maykop, 2020)
Summer school of practical astronomy (leading teacher, Maykop, 2021)
#KalugaPhotoFest2021 (Kaluga, 2021)
City Day astronomical observations (Kurganinsk, 2022)
“Reaching the stars” (Armavir , 2022)
VII Astronomical Festival in memory of O.V. Verkhodanova (Maykop, 2022)
Autumn design school of the Adygea State University (Maikop, 2022) VIII Astronomical Festival in memory of O.V. Verkhodanova (Maykop, 2023)
Since 2014, I have been cooperating with the Coordination Center for Social Support of Youth (KTSSPM) and Transneft PJSC – I give astronomical lectures twice a month and organize telescope observations in the Fregat sanatorium (Abrau-Durso). Previously, he taught classes at the Prometheus sanatorium (Kabardinka), as well as at the Premiere children’s health camp (Anapa).
In 2021 and 2022, I carried out diagnostics, installation and configuration of equipment at the Observatory named after. Kolobova (Magnitogorsk, dome produced by Yarus-Tek), as well as training of observatory personnel.
In 2022, he carried out diagnostics of the observatory equipment of the NOOF School “Gazprom Kyrgyzstan” (Bishkek), training staff in the use of astronomical equipment and the basics of astrophotography.
Since 2021, I have been collaborating with the Skalisty Bereg winery (Varvarovka village, Krasnodar Territory) and am a lecturer for the astronomical part of the Wine and Stars tour.
Since 2022, I have been working in the astronomical travel club “To Stars” (lectures on astronomy, astronomical observations, navigation in the starry sky, training in astrophotography).
The following types of classes are possible:
1) astronomical lectures and master classes on a wide variety of topics – the Sun, planets, Moon, stars, constellations, navigation in the starry sky, galaxies, optics, telescopes and astrophotography and much more.
2) practical exercises and experiments with optics (for example, making simple telescopes)
3) astronomical observations: during the day – observing the Sun through a telescope equipped with a special protective filter, viewing is absolutely safe for the eyes. at night – observations of the Moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, clusters, double stars through a telescope with a diameter of 66 to 203 millimeters. The diameter of the telescope used depends on the conditions of the observation site and transportation capabilities.
I also write reviews of various astronomical equipment and binoculars, including pre-production samples. Reviews can be found here.
– consultations on choosing a telescope, eyepieces, mounts, astronomical cameras, filters and other accessories
– telescope assembly, training in use
– telescope adjustment
– telescope repair
– training in navigation through the starry sky and constellations
– astrophotography training
For questions regarding cooperation, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
I work all over Russia and am ready for business trips.