Welcome to our page! We're a couple living in Colorado, and our site showcases some of our hobbies and interests. Joel is into astronomy, photography, and library science; and Rebekah enjoys art, writing, and crafts. We hope you enjoy our site!

Joel & Rebekah      

About Joel

photo of Joel Tonyan

I'm an academic librarian by trade, and an amateur photographer and astronomer by hobby. 

I've been an amateur astronomer since 2007. In the past decade and a half, I've observed the solar system's seven other planets, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the sun, and several comets. Beyond our solar system, I've located and observed the 109 galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters that comprise the Messier list; everything on the SAC's list of 110 Best of Objects of the NGC; and more than 150 targets on the Herschel 400.

After several years of observing, my interests turned to photography. My first photos were of the moon during a total lunar eclipse in 2010. I used a simple setup: a DSLR camera connected to an 80mm refractor telescope, riding on an unmotorized equatorial mount. As I added new equipment and my setup improved, my targets expanded to include the planets, our sun, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. I've also photographed several comets, lunar and solar eclipses, and Mercury and Venus transiting the sun. My astrophotography has been featured on the BBC television show Sky at Night, in Astronomy magazine, on Time's and National Geographic's websites, and various other places.

My interest in astrophotography has led to a general interest in photography. I particularly enjoy landscape photography and always have my camera with me when hiking around Colorado. More recently, I began taking long exposure photos of the Milky Way and the stars.