The Photographer

Chris Cook is a professional photographer who has been capturing the night sky since the mid 1980's.

His clients include National Geographic, NASA, Canon USA, California Institute of Technology and NBC News to name a few.

Many images have appeared in local to worldwide publications, music album covers as well as corporate brochures, calendars and annual reports.

Chris' astrophotography images are also represented by Science Source stock agency, the world leader in space & scientific photography.

11x NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day (APOD)
4x NASA Earth Science Picture Of The Day (EPOD)
20x NASA front page
3x SPACE.COM Image of the Day
Shortlisted Royal Observatory Greenwich's "Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014"'s "100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017"'s "101 Best Space Photos of 2016"'s "101 Best Night Sky Photos of 2015"
The Texas Star Party "Best Deep Sky Photograph"
Astronomy magazine's "Best Astrophoto Award"
Finalist in LIFE magazine's "Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards For Magazine Photography" Editor's Choice

Sky & Telescope (US)
Beautiful Universe (US)
Astronomy (US)
Night Sky (US)
Amateur Astronomy (US)
The New Yorker (US)
Santa Fean Magazine (US)
Cape Cod Magazine (US)
Cape Cod View (US)
Northwest Quarterly (US)
Heelal (Belgium)
Sky & Space (Australia)
Astronomy Now (UK)
Coelum (Italy)
GEO (Germany)
Stars & Universe (South Korea)
Aktuel Astronomi (Denmark)
Digital Photo (UK)

The Washington Post. Washington D.C.
The Orange County Register. Orange County, California.
The Palm Beach Post. West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Cape Cod Voice. Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Cape Cod Times. Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Fréttablađiđ. Reykjavík, Iceland.

Totality - The Great North American Eclipse of 2024, by Mark Littmann & Fred Espenak
The Universe - A Travel Guide, 1st Edition, Lonely Planet
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - Collection 3, by Royal Observatory Greenwich
The Universe Today - Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos, by David Dickinson w/Fraser Cain
Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, by Howard Schneider, National Geographic
The Practical Astronomer: Explore the Wonders of the Night Sky, by Anton Vamplew
Empire State Building - Offical Souvenir Book, Second Edition, by Empire State Realty Trust
Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope, by Neil English
Night Photography - Finding your way in the dark, by Lance Keimig
Explorations, by Thomas T. Arny Ph.D.
Peterson's Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, 4th Edition by Jay M. Pasachoff
Astronomy - A Visual Guide by Mark A. Garlick
Practical Astronomy by Storm Dunlop
Deep Sky Observer's Guide by Neil Bone
Night Wonders by Jane Ann Peddicord
What's Up 2006: 365 Days of Skywatching by Tammy Plotner & Jeff Barbour (front cover photo)
Celestial Sampler by Sue French

The CBS Evening News - New York, New York
FOX25 - Boston, Massachusetts
NECN (New England Cable News) - Boston, Massachusetts
WCVB Channel 5 ABC - Boston, Massachusetts
WBZ Channel 4 CBS - Boston, Massachusetts
WHDH Channel 7 NBC - Boston, Massachusetts
WJAR Channel 10 NBC - Providence, Rhode Island
WIFR Channel 23 CBS - Rockford, Illinois

Educational Exhibits
Griffith Observatory - "Pieces of the Sky - Meteorites" exhibit - Los Angeles, California

Museum Exhibits
The British National Trust & Museum - Wiltshire, England
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis - Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Corporate Brochures, Calendars & Annual Reports
International Dark Sky Association - 2016 wall calendar - Tucson, Arizona
Orlando Chamber of Commerce - 2015 Central Florida Partnership Annual Investor Update - Orlando, Florida
NASA - 2008 "Healthier You" NASA employee calendar
PDI, Inc. - 2000 Annual Report - Saddle River, New Jersey
PDI, Inc. - Medical Devices & Diagnostics sales brochure - Saddle River, New Jersey

Online Publications
11x NASA APOD's "Astronomy Picture Of The Day"
"National Geographic Blog" - November 6, 2013
"NBC News Photo Blog" - March 18, 2013
4x NASA Goddard Earth Science Picture Of The Day (EPOD)
Canon USA website
3x SPACE.COM "Image of the Day"
20x NASA front page
"Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism" Photo blog for June 16, 2015
"" - Orion EFT-1 gallery
"" - EFT-1 Photo Feature
Astronomy Magazine's "Photo of the Day"
"Astronomers Without Borders Blog" - April 14, 2013
"Jesse Greenstein Memorial Film" Palomar Observatory - California Institute of Technology
"StarTales" a publication of Lowell Observatory - Flagstaff, Arizona
NASA's "Lunar Photo of the Day" for October 21, 2004
Image gallery - "SPACE.COM" for June 2004, November 2004, January 2007 and March 2007

Published articles and product reviews
Chris has also authored several product reviews and feature articles on astrophotography for Sky & Telescope magazine. These articles can be found under the Articles section of this site.


Telescopes - Currently Used
Astro-Physics 130EDT - 130mm f/8 triplet APO refractor
Astro-Tech AT80EDT - 80mm f/6 triplet APO refractor
Orion XT8 - 200mm f/6 newtonian reflector
Cave Optical Company 8" f/7 Lightweight Deluxe Newtonian reflector (1968)
Celestron C8 Orange Tube (1978)

Telescopes - Previously Owned
Astro-Tech AT80ED - 80mm f/7 ED refractor
Astro-Physics Stowaway - 92mm f/6.65 triplet APO refractor
Astro-Physics 130EDFGT - 130mm f/6.3 triplet APO refractor
Takahashi Epsilon E160 - 160mm f/3.3 reflector astrograph
Astro Tech 65EDQ - 65mm f/6.5 flat field quad APO refractor
Stellarvue SV80S - 80mm f/6 triplet APO refractor
Celestron C9.25 - 9.25" f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain
Takahashi FS102 - 102mm f/8 fluorite APO refractor
TeleVue NP101 - 101mm f/5.4 APO refractor
TeleVue TV102 - 102mm f/8.6 APO refractor
TeleVue TV85 - 85mm f/7 APO refractor
Meade 127ED - 127mm f/9 ED refractor
Celestron C8 - 8" f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain
Vixen 60mm f/11 refractor
Hutech Mini-Borg 50 refractor guidescope
Hutech Mini-Borg 60mm refractor guidescope

Cameras & Lenses - Digital
Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 6D, 5D, 40D, 20D
Hydrogen-alpha modified 6D by Hap Griffin at Imaging Infinity
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM, EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED IF AS UMC
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Cameras & Lenses - Film (no longer used)
Nikon FTn, F2A, F3 and F3HP
Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 Ai-S, 24mm f/2.8 non-Ai, 35mm f/2.8 Ai-S, 50mm f/1.8 Ai-S, 105mm f/2.5 Ai-S and 200mm f/4 Ai-S
Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF
Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 Ai fisheye
Hasselblad 500C medium format camera body
50mm f/4 Zeiss Distagon, 80mm f/2.8 Zeiss Planar and 150mm f/4 Zeiss Sonnar

Mounts & Hardware
Astro-Physics 900QMD
Losmandy GM8
Losmandy dovetail plates, rings & mounting hardware
Losmandy G11

CCD & Autoguider equipment
SBIG ST-8300M camera
SBIG CFW5-8300 filter wheel
SBIG ST-i autoguider
SBIG ST-4 autoguider
Astrodon Tru-Balance LRGB & Ha filters

You can contact Chris here.

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