Email: Michael Caligiuri


I have enjoyed astrophotography since I first captured a photo of Comet Levy in 1991 using a 4.5 in. Newtonian reflector. After several years of using film to record deep space images only to end up trashing 80% because of bad focus, jammed camera, insufficient exposures, or just simply forgetting to advance the film, I discovered CCD imaging and never looked back. Astronomy offers challenges that require a lifetime to master.

The Photographer

I am a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, where my research and teaching focus on neuropsychiatric movement disorders and the role of motor function in the pathophysiology and therapeutic response in patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Recently retired from UCSD to spend more time imaging deep sky objects.


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