Dan Pro
















Welcome to the Dan Pro Web! Glad to have you around. For those who speak French, please see the disclaimer at the end of the page.



Solar Transit of Venus (Rieux Volvestre, France, June 8th, 2004. Nikon CP 4500 + Borg 100ED refractor + Coronado H-Alpha Solarmax 90mm/BF-15).

Sun overall disk from Montreal Quebec, Canada, September 11th, 2004. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on Takahashi FS-128 fluorite refractor and a Baader Herschel wedge.

Lunar Eclipse, from Laval, Quebec, Canada, May 15, 2004. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on Takahashi FS-128 fluorite refractor.

Lunar Eclipse, from Laval, Quebec, Canada, October 27, 2004. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on Borg 100ED refractor.


My first telescope: a Criterion (USA) 4000, 4” Schmidt Cassegrain (1985-1990).


My second telescope: a Meade (USA) LX5, 8” Schmidt Cassegrain (1989-1996).


My third telescope: a Borg (Japan) 100ED refractor on a mount of my own design (2003-2004).

My fourth telescope: a Takahashi (Japan) FS-128 fluorite refractor on a Losmandy GM-8 Mount with Gemini Goto (2004-2005).


My fifth telescope: a Televue (USA) TV-102i refractor on a Vixen Sphinx Mount (2005-…).

Specialized solar rig #1: Coronado (USA) Hydrogen Alpha Solarmax 90mm and BF-15 filter combination. Here my girl friend looks puzzled…


Specialized solar rig #2: Baader (Germany) Herschel solar wedge.


Jupiter 18 February 2002. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on Alan Rahill’s 22.5” Newton. Stack of 4 images.

Saturn 18 February 2002. Nikon Coolpix 4500 on Alan Rahill’s 22.5” Newton.


I am a member of the following groups:

- Club des Astronomes Amateurs de Laval: http://www.cam.org/~astrolv/

- Société Astronomique de France: http://www.saf-lastronomie.com/accueil.html

- Société d’Astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal: http://www.sapm.qc.ca/

- Fédération Des Astronomes Amateurs Du Québec: http://www2.globetrotter.net/faaq//

- Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec: http://www.oiq.qc.ca/fr_index.html


thE SPACE project THAT I am currently working ON:

·         James Webb Space Telescope at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA): http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/satellites/jwst.asp

·         James Webb Space Telescope at NASA: http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

·         James Webb Space Telescope at the European Space Agency (ESA): http://www.esa.int/esaSC/120370_index_0_m.html



·         International Space Station Canadarm 2:http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-112/lores/sts112-709-033.jpg

·         Anik E series of Canadian Communication satellites: http://www.telesat.ca/satellites/photos/satellites_gallery5.htm

·         Canadian radar satellite Radarsat 1: http://www.ccrs.nrcan.gc.ca/ccrs/data/satsens/radarsat/photos/radpix_e.html

·         International Space Station S-band and Ku-Band antennas: http://www.emsstg.com/science/Robotics/Robotics.htm

·         Canadarm on the NASA Space Shuttle:http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-112/lores/sts112-709-033.jpg


the astronomical side of Travelling:  (Astronomical site visited in brackets)

·         Chicago (Yerkes, Adler), August 2005.

·         Arizona (Vatican, Large Binocular Telescope), October 2004. Our thanks to Coronado Instruments!

·         France (Pléiades - transit Venus, Haute Provence, Pic du Midi, Paris), June 2004. Our thanks to M. Sanchez.!

·         Puerto Rico (Arecibo), April 2004. Our thanks to Steve Torchinsky!

·         Colorado, Denver (NOAA, U of Boulder, Chamberlin), November 2002. Our thanks to the Denver Astronomical Society!

·         Hawaii (CFHT, Gemini), 2002. Our thanks to Nadine Manset et Jean-René Roy!

·         Russia (Pulkovo), 2000

·         Los Angeles (Palomar), 1999

·         Chile (Cero Tollolo, Achaya), 1999

·         Arizona (Lowell, McMath - transit Mercury, Meteor Crater), November 1999. Our thanks to Frank Hill!

·         San Francisco (Lick), 1998

·         Bora-Bora, 1997

·         Paris, 1996

·         Vienna, 1993

·         Paris, 1981


Other Personal Interests:

·         My favourite building in the world… you need to see it to believe it. It has to be in LA. Prepare yourself for a surprise!!!: http://www.encounterrestaurant.com/

·         Wrist Watches: http://www.coolwatch.co.uk/. Here are some of the favourites in my collection:

Exterior of the Mir Space Station 

·         Cars: here is mine: http://www.mbusa.com/microsite/slk/index.jsp. My younger brother’s shop: http://www.musclecars-international.com/ and one of these days…. may be I’ll get this one: wwww.fordgt.com.

·         Design: http://mocoloco.com/

·         Bang & Olufsen: amazing aesthetics, all for your ears!  http://www.bang-olufsen.com/

·         Photography: did emulsion before, now into digital… Here is a fish eye test, driving around in Montreal and red roses in infrared light:


·         Art (painting, in oil and acrylic, as well as collecting). I love Riopelle: http://www.riopelle.ca/. Below is one of his masterpiece, followed by one of my creations and a picture of some of the others:


·         Frank Lloyd Wright architecture (talk about being ahead of your time by 50 years!): http://www.franklloydwright.org/

·         My family, picture from 2002. I am the third from top right:

·         Buying/Selling on E-Bay and Astromart

·         Spontaneous astro-inspired texts. I don’t write much, but here are two, done in 1991:



Biographical Information:

I was born in Lévis, Québec, Canada. Education is a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Université Laval. Interests as a kid were volleyball, cars and just having plain fun! Moving to Montréal for a job opportunity in 1985, I am still there and have been working in the space industry since then. I participated in the design and the management of departments and programs related to space flight hardware. Current employment is at the Canadian Space Agency, where I manage the Canadian contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope project.


Contact Information:

·         E-mail address:  DanPro2002 – at – yahoo.com.

·         Web Site address: www.astrosurf.com/danpro/



Ce site est écrit en anglais afin de rejoindre un maximum de gens, mais ma langue maternelle est le Français. N'hésitez donc pas à me faire parvenir des commentaires en Français!


Merci d’être le visiteur

Last revised: 23 October 2005


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