Stephen Mallia is the owner of Ontario Telescope and Accessories (OTA), and Starfield Optics. OTA is a Canadian based telescope dealer that delivers a high level of customer service and knowledge to its customers. Starfield Optics is a manufacture of accessories for astrophotography.
As a constant traveler for business, and active amateur astronomer, he enjoys venturing to dark sky locations and imaging seasonal deep space objects. Working with several different types of telescopes of varying sizes to build his knowledge of the night sky and honing his techniques in imaging to share with others. Believing firmly in outreach and working to engage youth in STEM and the field of astronomy.
When not traveling, Stephen will spend clear nights in his backyard observatory to push the limits of his telescope, and fight of as much light pollution that his filters will allow. Not one to shy away from a conversation on astronomy you can often find him buried in a trade magazine to learn about the latest and greatest available.
Currently Stephen is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and is the President of the Mississauga Centre of the RASC. Actively involved in the Explore Scientific PMC8 Steering committee, and offers workshops on image processing. He lives Bolton Ontario Canada with his wife and two young sons. He holds an Electricians license, and has worked in the Data Centre industry over the past 15 years building high speed monitoring systems.
Awards and Recognition
In 2016 Stephen received the Mississauga Centre RASC Special projects award for his efforts in launching the Centre’s Astrophotography program and contest. Regular talks where given on image capture and processing for different types of objects.