About Me

Katorella is a mashup of the names of those three little ladies above. I made it up originally when I was going to build a custom bike and of course it needed a name. The bike was never built, but the name stuck for the three bing-bongs.

10505359_10152508364008631_5196269799773780264_nMy wife and I have been married for 14 years. 15 years ago, she bought me a Meade LXD75 SN10. While the scope is gone via flooding, I’m actually still using that LXD75 mount to image, 15 years later! I drive her nuts with this astronomy and astrophotography obsession, But I’m trying to get better about that! She’s an amazing talent – a preschool teacher, nanny, Girl Scout leader, PTO President, and book illustrator! I see her occasionally. 


You can pick up her latest collaboration, Max T Booker here or on Amazon. You can also check out her website at nicolehartl-lanahan.com/

564362_10150919186413631_1171280452_nBy day I’m an IT manager, so I’m full nerd 24/7. I have a modest house with a giant tree that the city won’t let me get rid of and I’m in a white zone trying to deal with light pollution from Chicago. Despite this, I’m still imaging. I hope I can bring some decent advice and maybe some entertainment along the way. My kids have convinced me that I have to be a YouTuber now, so despite my IT background, I’m sure my 12 year old will be showing me the ropes on that very soon.

Drop me a line via the Contact page if you have any questions or comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 


Clear Skies, Bleary Eyes – KA