About Zytra Technologies: This blog started as CooledPix.com,as a small web resource about DSLR Cooling. Not the first one about this topic but certainly not the last one either. It featured several different new designs to cool DSLR’s. As I then moved to CCD imaging, the blog continued to present and host most of my Astro Imaging work but started to talk less about DSLR’s.
As I started designing and building a complete robotic telescopic based on a 17″ Corrected Dall-Kirkham astrograph, I decided to rename the blog to Zytra Technologies. The instrument still in construction will be hosted in my observatory located in Frazier Mountain, California – just north of Mount Pinos.
About me: My name is Stephen. Although I have been fascinated by Space since I was little and it’s only well after I started working that I was able to consider investing in some equipment. Before I took the plunge and buy my first pieces of gear, I literally spent a couple of years reading forums and blogs about equipment and techniques while occasionally observing with a pair of binocular and taking pictures with a wide field lens on a fixed tripod.
I’ve been working as a Mechanical and Thermal Engineer for the PC cooling industry for the past 9 years. Combining all of this naturally brought me to designing and building DSLR cooling systems. Although DSLR coolers had been around for some time, I brought to the community a few and improvements and alternatives to classic “DSLR box coolers”.
As I evolved through this hobby, I realized that being able to combine my passion for Astronomy and Mechanical Design was extremely motivating. My first big project, a 17″ CDK structure and its equatorial mounting was started in July 2012. I have many more projects, some of which will probably involve some of my close friends Dan, David and Scott.Email: stephen [at] zytratech [dot] com