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Meeting Dates of the ASNSW's Astroimaging Section - All meetings are held on Wednesday nights, usually around the time of Full Moon.

All Welcome!

23 Jan 2019
20 Feb 2019
20 Mar 2019
17 Apr 2019
22 May 2019
19 Jun 2019
17 Jul 2019
14 Aug 2019
11 Sep 2019
16 Oct 2019
13 Nov 2019
11 Dec 2019


Chair: Geoff Smith
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Time: 7.30pm
NEW: Deep Sky Imaging for Beginners

Beginning Astrophotography - Talks on Deep Sky Imaging - Overview
In this series of talks on deep sky imaging we will be giving eight talks of 30–40 minutes each.  The series will mainly be about deep sky astrophotography, a rather vague term which encompasses all objects outside the solar system. There are many ways of approaching deep sky astrophotography — the simplest and cheapest way is to use a DSLR camera in multiple configurations.  Some possibilities are single pictures with a still camera, multiple pictures with a still camera, tracked pictures through the camera attached to a telescope and time lapse pictures.  Many users are content to stop there but, for those who wish to go further, the possibilities are endless and limited only by your budget. These possibilities will be explored in the 8 sessions, which will be structured in the following way:
• The very first session will show members how to take some simple pictures.
• Generally, each session builds on the previous sessions, giving a better image result.
• Jargon is introduced only at the stage where it is needed.
• A full discussion on image capture is delayed until Session 5 when it can build on the practical knowledge of the first four sessions.
Sessions will run at the start of Astroimaging Meetings through 2018, the first being on 28 March 2018. The following links will take you to the meeting page where each topic will be covered.

Session 1: Wide field astrophotography - 28 March 2018
Session 2: Basic imaging with a tracking mount - 2 May 2018
Session 3: Stacking - 30 May 2018
Session 4: Cameras for astrophotography - 27 June 2018
Session 5: Capturing images with a tracking mount—advanced - 25 July 2018
Session 6: Finding and focusing and selecting a target - 22 August 2018
Session 7: Image Calibration - 26 September 2018
Session 8: Where to from here? - 24 October 2018

You may download a Word document with information about all eight sessions here.

Files from Session 1: Wide-Field Astrophotography (PDF); Field-of-View Calculator (Excel); Astronomical Timelapse 101 by Greg Priestley (PDF) reproduced from Astronomy 2016 with kind permission from Quasar Publishing. File from Session 6: 

File from Session 2: Imaging with a Tracking Mount

File from Session 3: Image Stacking

File from Session 4: Cameras for Astroimaging

File from Session 5: Polar Alignment and Autoguiding

File from Session 6: Selecting, Finding and Focusing

File from Session 7: Image Calibration

File from Session 8: Final Wrap-up

If you have files to upload for comment at future Beginning AI sessions, please upload them here:

OLD: Archives Wednesday 1 August 2012 - Total Solar Eclipse Astroimaging Workshop

Wednesday 31 October 2012 - SII Observations and what they can tell us.ppt

(Powerpoint file, 1.2 Mb with annotations below the slides. Clicking on the link opens the file as a presentation in your browser, which may not be the best way to view it. Right-click and select "Save Target As" to be able to open the saved file and have access to the annotations.)


Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Time: 7:30pm

All Committee Meetings are held on Wednesday nights. Dates for forthcoming meetings are:

13 Feb 2019
13 Mar 2019
10 Apr 2019
15 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
10 Jul 2019
21 Aug 2019
18 Sep 2019
09 Oct 2019
06 Nov 2019


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