Masi Gianluca

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Joined: May 12, 2008

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BIO
Gianluca Masi lives in Rome and works as a professional astrophysicist and science communicator at the local Planetarium, where he is Curator of Science.

After graduating with full marks in Physics - astrophysical address - at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", he earned a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

He has been and is involved in many research projects, his main scientific interests being potentially hazardous asteroids, minor bodies in our Solar System, cataclysmic variable stars and exoplanets. He made many discoveries in all these fields. As a professional, he is especially skilled in astronomical data and image processing.

Since his childhood, he developed a very strong interest in photography, especially under very low light conditions (a probable bias from the astronomical photography!).

He spent more than 15 years intensively working in his darkroom, experimenting with unusual chemical processes.

In the digital era, he tries to merge his interest in "terrestrial" and artistic photography with the most advanced image processing techniques he uses for his astronomical imaging needs. He is continuously searching new expressive possibilities with modern photography.

He teached "Restoration Physics" at the Academy of Fine Arts of Frosinone, Italy.

As for science communication, he is very active as lecturer and writer on the international scene.

He is the owner of the high-tech "Virtual Telescope" project and the asteroid (21795) is called "Masi" after him.
Equipment
Gianluca Masi uses mainly Canon equipment. He uses two Canon 7D mark II camera bodies, with Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF-S 17-55mm 1:2,8 IS USM, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM II, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Samyang fisheye 8 mm f/3.5 UMC CS II, Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens, Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical, Samyang 16mm F/2.0 ED AS UMC CS. Canon 20D and 50D bodies are also available, as well as many other accessories. All his long (night) exposures are calibrated by dark subtraction (especially at summer), to provide the best possible results.
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