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Mike and his 12" newt
Mike Salway lives on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia (Lat: 33.4 deg South, Long: 151.4 deg East) and started in astronomy in March 2004. He founded IceInSpace in September 2004 with Terry Mohan.
His first telescope was a 10" dob, bought in July 2004 and became interested in solar system astrophotography later that year. After persisting with non-tracking photography for about 9 months, he bought an Equatorial Platform in June 2005 and his results steadily improved as his techniques for capture and processing improved.
In December 2006, Mike upgraded to a 12" newt on an EQ6 mount and is now considered one of Australia's best lunar and planetary imagers. He still enjoys visual observing at monthly new moon meets through his friend Rod's 20" SDM, and enjoys dabbling in deep-space photography with an ED80 and a Canon 350D.
Mike is often invited to speak at Astronomical Society meetings about his planetary imaging techniques. If you'd like Mike to speak at your astronomy society, please contact him.
As a day job, Mike works as a Technical Team Leader in IT in Sydney, NSW.
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- CWAS AstroFest 2008 David Malin Awards - Honourable mention Widefield category
- SPSP16 imaging comp - 1st and 2nd place Solar System category
- SPSP16 imaging comp - 2nd place Widefield category
- CWAS AstroFest 2007 David Malin Awards - 1st Place Solar System category
- CWAS AstroFest 2007 David Malin Awards - Honourable mention Solar System category
- CWAS AstroFest 2007 David Malin Awards - Honourable mention Heaven and Earth category
- SPSP15 imaging comp - 1st place Solar System category
- SPSP15 imaging comp - 2nd place Solar System category
- SPSP15 imaging comp - 2nd place Widefield category
- CWAS Astrofest 2006 David Malin awards - touring exhibition
- SPSP14 imaging comp - 1st place Widefield category
- SPSP14 imaging comp - 2nd place Solar System category
- Moon, Venus and Mercury Conjunction image in Astronomy magazine (August 2008)
- Jupiter image in French Astronomie magazine (June 2008)
- Jupiter image in US Sky&Telescope magazine (July 2008)
- Jupiter image in Sky&Telescope Magazine's Beautiful Universe 2008
- Jupiter image in Astronomy magazine (March 2008)
- "Depth of a strong jovian jet from a planetary-scale disturbance driven by storms" - Nature Journal (January 2008). Agustin Sánchez-Lavega et al. PDF
- "An Evolution in High-Resolution Planetary Imaging" - Astronomy 2008 Yearbook, Quasar Publishing (November 2007)
- Jupiter and Moons image in Astronomy magazine (November 2007)
- Jupiter image in US Sky&Telescope magazine (October 2007)
- Wired.com - Backyard Stargazers profile (August 2007)
- Jupiter and Mars Images in US Sky&Telescope magazine (September 2007)
- Jupiter Images in Astronomy magazine (September 2007)
- Jupiter, Moon and Comet McNaught images in The Bulletin magazine Photo Gallery (July 2007)
- Various Images (planetary, lunar and widefield) in Australian Sky&Telescope (various)
- Jupiter images in Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 117, No.3, June 2007.
- Jupiter image in Astronomy Now magazine (June 2007)
- Comet McNaught images in Astronomy magazine (March 2007)
- Comet McNaught images in Interstellarum magazine (March 2007)
- Comet McNaught image on NBN TV Weathershots segment (January 2007)
Interviews / Speaking Engagements
Mike can be contacted via email on
or for IceInSpace members, through the forum Private Message interface (username: iceman).
Apart from Astronomy, Mike's hobbies include:
Mike is married to his wonderful wife, Kate, and has three beautiful children - Jacob (9), Eliza (7) and Abbey (4).
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Eliza, Jacob and Abbey - April 2007
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Jacob, Eliza and Abbey - April 2007