Tamas Ladanyi lives with his family in a small Hungarian town, Veszprem. Born in 1972, his first experience in astronomy was to see the return of Comet Halley in 1985. In his adolescent years, fascinated by wonders of the night sky, he began observing some double stars with the help of his school teacher.
As an avid amateur astronomer, Tamas became a talented double star observer. Since 1991 he has been editing the double stars column of Meteor magazine, published by the Hungarian Astronomical Association. He possesses diploma in geography, tourism management, and economics.
Tamas is a self-educated photographer working with Hungaryís main advertising company and at the same time teaches astronomy and geomorphology at the Pannon University. Always keen to visit astronomy-viable places, Tamas has visited numerous corners of the world - from Iceland, through the Himalayas, to Patagonia.
In his house garden Tamas has set up a roll-off roof observatory. He mainly concentrates on double stars measurements. In fact by his CCD camera he discovered two new double stars which were catalogued by the US Naval Observatory under his name (LAD1, LAD2).
Tamasís other area of interest is to study the origin of star names which are included in the sagas of his country; he also tries to collect photo ideas around the same topic. On the same subject, he led an exhibition and edited the constellation map of Hungarian folklore.
In 2000, Tamas started exploring different fields of digital astrophotography. His interest grew in landscape astrophotography. For TWAN-style imaging, Lake Balaton is his favorite spot. Many of his photographs have been published on well-known websites such as NASA (APOD, LPOD, and EPOD), Spaceweather.com, and National Geographic. He has also published lots of images and articles in educational magazines of his country.
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