Hello! My name is Ruslan Ilnitsky, I’m 36 years old. I am an astrophotographer, amateur astronomer, a popularizer of science from the city of Anapa, and also the author of a book “How to observe the stars. Practical guide”.
By education I am a radio engineer. At the age of 7, I made my first telescope on my own. Around this age, my serious passion for astronomy began. In my school years, thanks to victories at the All-Russian and international olympiads in astronomy and space physics, I was able to visit the largest Russian observatories – SAO (st. Zelenchukskaya) and KrAO (n. Nauchny, Crimea). The sight of the giant telescopes impressed me for a lifetime. It was then that I realized that my passion for astronomy – it is forever.
Astrophotography is a type of astronomical observation in which photo or video shooting of space objects occurs. I have been fond of it since 2001 and have gone from the film Zenith camera to modern astronomical cameras. I capture various celestial objects – the moon, planets, the sun, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters, meteors, comets. My dream is to capture the asteroid’s fall on Jupiter. Whenever possible, I try to photograph something interesting in the sky. In the warm season, several times a month, I go away from city lights to get high-quality images of deepsky objects.
Since 1999, I have been conducting astronomical observations in parks, central streets – the so-called “sidewalk” observations. Viewing through a telescope is absolutely free – everyone can see with their own eyes the lunar surface and planets with a high magnification. For all the time I made about 650 “sidewalks”. In my opinion, such observations are a great way to popularize astronomy.
I am the author of the book “How to observe the stars. Practical guide” by publishing house AST. In it, I describe in a simple and understandable language the main points of amateur astronomy, namely: choosing a telescope, astronomical observations, using sky maps and caring for optical equipment. Also from the book you can learn about the basics of astrophotography. It is good book for beginners.
The book can be ordered both directly in the online store of the publishing house AST, and in other bookstores (Chitai-Gorod, Labirint). There is also an electronic version of the book – it is available in the LitRes store. Unfortunately, the book is only in Russian language
I teach astronomy to children and adults in sanatoriums, schools, boarding houses, as well as individually. My experience in organizing massive astronomical observations is more than 20 years. I give lectures and give master classes at various astronomical and popular science events: Astrofest (Moscow 2013, 2017, 2018, 2021), Geek Picnic (Krasnodar 2018, 2019), Astro Festival July Planetarium (Belorechensk 2018, 2019), Yuri’s Night (Perm 2019).
Since 2014, I have been collaborating with the Coordination Center for Social Support of Youth (KCSPM) – I give astronomical lectures and sidewalk observations in astronomy at the sanatoriums Prometey (Kabardinka), Fregat (Abrau-Durso), and at the children’s recreation camp “Premjera” (Anapa).
The following types of lessons are possible:
1) astronomical lectures and master classes on a wide variety of topics – the Sun, planets, the Moon, stars, constellations, navigation in the starry sky, galaxies, black holes, optics, telescopes and astrophotography and much more.
2) practical exercises and experiments with optics (for example, making simple telescopes, experiments with diffraction and dispersion of light)
3) astronomical observations:
daylight – observations of the Sun through the unique 40-mm Coronado PST H-alpha chromosphere telescope, showing sunspots, flares and plasma prominences – a truly bewitching sight! Viewing is absolutely safe to the eyes thanks to the telescope blocking filter integrated in the telescope
at night – observations of the moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, clusters, binary stars through various telescopes with a diameter of 90 to 200 millimeters. The diameter of the telescope used depends on the conditions of the observation site and the possibilities of transportation.
– consultation on choosing a telescope, eyepieces and accessories
– telescope assembly and collimation
– optics cleaning
– repair of optical equipment (telescopes, microscopes, binoculars)
– starry sky and constellation training
– master classes on lunar planet astrophotography.
I will not hide – I love optical equipment. At the moment I am the owner of the following models of telescopes and binoculars:
Celestron NexStar 6\8 SE
Veber Prima 5×20
Olympus 10×42 EXWP I
Fujinon KF 8x32W
Levenhuk Sherman Pro 6.5×32
I use this entire set of optical instruments for both visual observations and astrophotography. You can quickly assemble the optimal kit for certain tasks, whether shooting space objects or a “sidewalk” observations.
I also write reviews of various astronomical equipment and binoculars. To test the filters, I use a small spectroscope. It is interesting to compare the actual characteristics of the devices with the ones declared by the manufacturer and share your own impression. Reviews are available at link.
Any questions? Ask in the comments below. Clear skies and successful observations!