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URI Library to exhibit astrophotography

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 1, 2004 -- Ronald Zincone, the Reference Department secretary at the University of Rhode Island's Library, gives new meaning to shooting stars.

The Richmond resident has been an astrophotographer for six years. His images of the night sky will be on exhibit at the URI Kingston Library Gallery, main lobby, during June. The exhibit can be viewed during normal Library hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays, 1 to 9 p.m.

"I have developed a passion for this kind of photography because of its mixture of astronomy, nature and photography, all of which I appreciate and love. To be able to capture such grand imagery while telling a story through my eyes is absolutely thrilling," says Zincone.

Astrophotography is a specialized form of photography and can be very difficult because of the nature of the subjects. It is low-light photography at the extreme, according to Zincone whose specialty is 35-millimeter slide photography using camera-on-tripod techniques. He also uses piggyback, prime focus and eyepiece projection photography through a telescope.

His images have been published in Sky & Telescope Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and SkyNews Magazine (Canada).

Zincone’s images are currently on display throughout southern Rhode Island.