Advanced Imaging Conference
2015 Pleiades Award Recipient
Jimmy Walker

Although Jimmy is relatively new to astrophotography, he only started to take images in 2010, his talents and agility with a telescope and camera are impressive! Like many astrophotographers, Jimmy started modestly with a DSLR camera attached to a Celestron. However, because of his golfing accomplishments, his hobby was noticed in a December 2012 San Antonio Star article that was subsequently shared with the Golf Channel. Questions about his unusual pastime quickly were include during interviews regarding his pro golf engagements.

Since then, Jimmy's astrophotograpy accomplishments have been featured in Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, Golf Week and the PGA's web site about other players.

After the very first television interview, young people started asking questions and visits to his web site soared. His notoriety has inspired young people to ask about astrophotography during autographs sessions. Thus, Jimmy has become an important ambassador for the hobby to the next generation.

Walker won his first tour event in 2013 at the Fry' open while attending AIC. This sparked several records including tying the most victories in a season and the he still holds the record for the player holding the number one spot on the Fedex cup rankings.

Through public appearances, Jimmy has done more to introduce deep space and astroimaging to the general public than any other individual before or since. Jimmy has a natural ability to process beautiful pictures quickly and has won 5 APODs in his very short time imaging. Jimmy also gives astroimaging tips for new imagers on Celestron's website.

Click here to view Jimmy's image gallery.