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Support Staff

DeepLab is an Associative, Inclusive, and Cooperation-oriented environment.

The people in the Support Staff are the heart of our association; indeed, they are actively involved in operational matters, and their contribution is essential to the association's goals.

Enrico Queirolo

Born in 1968 and residing in Santa Margherita Ligure, I am a naval engineer passionate about sailing. My other passion lies in astronomy, particularly in photography and studying Ultra Deep Sky objects. Passion born since I was a 10-year-old child when I was given a book about the universe. It was the period of the launches of the Voyager 1 and 2 probes into the abyss or the Mariner probes to the Red Planet, just to give you an idea of the times. I have always been fascinated by the beauty of the night sky and the vastness of the universe. My work takes me around the grain of sand on which we live, but in the little time I have available, I turn my gaze towards the starry sky. I own a 8 inches Ritchey-Cretienne telescope and a range of specialized equipment for deep sky photography. Through my telescope, I can capture photons released hundreds of millions of years ago from distant stars. These photons, together, give me images of faraway galaxies, immersing me in their stellar evolution and revealing the secrets of astrophysics. Deep sky photography allows me to go beyond what the human eye can see, revealing hidden and mysterious details of the universe. I am fascinated by the study of distant galaxies, particularly in understanding the evolutionary processes of stars. Through the (amateur) study of astrophysics, I encounter principles and laws that govern the functioning of the universe, such as gravity, Hubble's law, relativistic theories, nuclear fusion in the core of stars, and the various stages of stellar evolution. My passion for deep sky photography and the study of Ultra Deep Sky objects has driven me to immerse myself in a constant activity of research, exploration, and learning as much as possible. I am always on the lookout for new and lesser-known objects to study and photograph, eager to expand my knowledge, my understanding of the universe, and why not: my curiosity. My dedication to astronomy and deep sky photography has led me to collaborate with other enthusiasts through the DeepLab Group, a stimulating environment where I can share my experiences, learn from others, and contribute, according to my self-taught abilities, to the scientific community. In conclusion, as a naval engineer and sailing enthusiast, I have found in deep sky photography and the study of Ultra Deep Sky objects a passion that allows me to explore the universe, understand stellar evolution, and marvel at the wonders of astrophysics. I am grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in such a fascinating world, and I continue to cultivate this passion, fueling my thirst for knowledge and discovery of the universe around us.

Stefano Attalienti

Born in Bari on May 14, 1986, and residing in Taranto, I am a Non-Commissioned Officer of the Italian Navy. I am determined, stubborn at times, and a perfectionist in the pursuit of perfection. My first approach to astronomy as a child was with the classic toy refractor telescope, where my father guided me from the balcony to observe the planets of the solar system, the moon, and some star clusters. Always passionate about space, astrophysics, and astronomy, over the years, I have enriched my cultural baggage by reading and studying these subjects everywhere I could. With adolescence, the passion remained, but obviously, I never dedicated myself to observing and photographing the sky again. The turning point came in 2016 with the purchase of my first telescope suitable for photography. Since then, astronomy and astrophotography have played an important role in my life, and every opportunity is good to go under a clear sky to photograph, observe, and simply interact with the cosmos that surrounds us. Astronomy rejuvenates me. In DeepLab, I handle the post-processing of acquired images and the setup tuning, from optics to mounts and related accessories. I am a seeker of perfection. In this world, perfection in adjustments is the foundation for achieving results. In addition to this, I manage specialized social media pages such as Astrobin and Telescopius.

Emanuele Neri

Class of '96, born in Latina but raised in Cori, a small village that has allowed me to enjoy a "good" sky from the very beginning. This is why I have been fascinated by the night sky, astronomy, and astrophysics for as long as I can remember. I graduated in Aerospace Engineering, and after discovering astrophotography during the lockdown, I switched to the Astrophysics course, which I still follow. I've always enjoyed getting lost in thoughts while looking at the stars under a clear sky, and now with the right equipment, I'd like to start "searching" for something new too. In DeepLab, I handle the management of Lab6, the Facebook and Instagram social media profiles, and during the spring and summer periods, I organize astronomy outreach and observation events in my area.

Andrea Chiantore

Class of 1972, residing in Rapallo, I am a geologist who has transitioned to computer science and communication. I have many passions that range from music to photography to astronomy. In fact, I grew up with bread and... Quark (with the immense Piero Angela)! Putting together all these passions and experiences, I am dedicating myself both to astrophotography, with my refractor and my RC (just figuring out how to use it...), and, above all, to scientific outreach. Thanks to the invaluable support of the Alpine Association, I have set up my mini observatory on the hills of Rapallo. Unfortunately, it is not automatizable, and the location is only accessible on foot, so I cannot use it as much as I would like. However, during the good weather, I manage to get some satisfaction out of it! In the last two years, I have started, first independently and then with the legendary DeepLab, to visit schools and organize conferences with associations and institutions. This year, I have also started a collaboration with old friends and colleagues from Primocanale (the most-watched local television in Liguria) for a small weekly segment on Thursday afternoons. Among the projects for the future, there are public astronomical evenings, even though the sky of Tigullio, unfortunately, does not help much. In short, lots of passion and the desire to lose myself in the mysteries and wonders of the Universe! Clear Skies!