Cédric Thomas

Remote Guy

As far back as I can remember, I have always been drawn to astronomy. A bad plastic refractor brought by Santa Claus when I was 8 almost killed my interest for the night sky forever, but astronomy magazines and books by Hubert Reeves got rid of that frustration! 

In 1995, at 16, I took my first astro photographs using my dad's old Olympus OM10 : The amazing Hale-Bopp comet. Ten years later, in 2005, I looked in the eyepiece of a large telescope for the first time (a Meade LX200 16"). It was in Borobia, a small village in Spain. At the time, I was living in Madrid and I was looking for an observation spot to test my first telescope, a Celestron C11. Thanks to my friend Julio and my first view at M13, Hercules globular cluster, in the C11, I knew that astronomy was my thing. Shortly after, the first qualitative and affordable digital SLR appeared on the market: the famous Canon 350d. I didn't need more to become addicted to this new discipline: astrophotography.

In 2008, when I returned to France, I built my remote backyard observatory: Le Petit Borobia. The observatory now houses my setup, but also Mikel’s and Marian’s. Thanks to the Internet, we all control our equipment from a distance. With Franck, we founded Deep Sky Chile to host clients telescopes under the best sky in the world!