Help Petr Horálek start from scratch after a robbery

For: Petr Horálek
San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Organizer: The ESO Community
Help Petr Horálek start from scratch after a robbery (Petr Horálek)
€5,076
of €5,456 goal.
Raised by 114 donors
93% Complete

The Story

Between 14 February and 9 March 2017, ESO photo ambassador Petr Horálek was on a photography expedition in Argentina, imaging a deep annular solar eclipse and capturing the Argentinian nightscapes. On 2 March, he and his co-traveller stopped briefly in the center of Bariloche city to find an ATM — and while they were gone, their rental car was broken into and over 6000€ worth of photography equipment was stolen.

The local police were unhelpful and despite all his efforts, Petr’s equipment has not been recovered. Unfortunately, his insurance only covers materials that are lost or damaged, so although the car was insured, his stolen equipment was not.

Stolen items include several cameras, lenses, a laptop, sound equipment and batteries, and hard drives — containing all his work and back ups. This has left Petr in an extremely unfortunate position and he essentially has to start from scratch.

We — the ESO community — are asking for your help to cover the cost of replacing his equipment. Even a few Euros will go a long way towards getting Petr back on his feet and back into the career he loves.

Petr Horálek is a world-renowned astrophotographer who represents ESO as a photo ambassador. He specialises in photographing rare night-sky phenomena, and his images capture unique moments, which he calls "pearls of astronomy", that add to the immeasurable beauty of a dark starry sky. His images frequently appear in ESO publications and on ESO websites, as well as being chosen for numerous ESO Pictures of the Week and NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Full list of stolen items and estimated prices:

  • Canon 6D Baader Modified - 1 960,00 EUR 
  • Canon 6D - 1 350,00 EUR 
  • Ball Head BBH-200 - 130,00 EUR 
  • Vixen Polarie Mount with accessories - 400,00 EUR 
  • Power bank 24000 mAh - 70,00 EUR 
  • Samyang 24 mm lenses - 650,00 EUR 
  • Sigma 15 mm lenses - 650,00 EUR 
  • Pentacon 135 mm lenses - 110,00 EUR 
  • Takumar 50 mm lenses - 130,00 EUR 
  • External HDD 2TB Toshiba - 100,00 EUR 
  • Notebook Acer Aspire ES 15 - 650,00 EUR 
  • Databank/mp3 player/sound recorder Cowon J3 - 190,00 EUR 
  • LEE filters SFTSET 4x4 - 55,00 EUR 
  • Canon remote control/timer - 30,00 EUR 
  • Canon remote control manual - 20,00 EUR 
  • SD card SanDisk ExtremePro 64 GB - 40,00 EUR 
  • SD card SanDisk ExtremePro 64 GB - 40,00 EUR 
  • Additional Canon LP-E6 battery - 100,00 EUR 

Total amount: 6 495,00 EUR, but because Petr is looking for some used replacements, we are not asking for the full estimated total, only a reduced amount of 5 456,00 EUR. 

Please consider donating to help our friend and colleague recover from this devastating incident.

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