Last night I gave my astrophotography talk to the Kirbymoorside and District Camera Club. An absolutely delightful group of people. Very warm and welcoming, full of enthusiasm and it was a fabulous evening.The same can also be said with the other clubs I have given the talk to that are mentioned below.
I have been tailoring this talk to suit different audiences and hopefully deliver the content in a way that benefits the clubs purpose. This talk is aimed at all clubs from Astro to Photography and from WI to Schools. It is delivered on Powerpoint and I am happy to travel anywhere to provide this.
Astronomy clubs – equipment connectivity, software packages and a little processing guidance, understanding and application of calibration frames. Pro’s & Con’s using a standard camera, an astro modified camera and a CCD with peltier cooling. Discussion about remoting and the IT side to make this happen – this is my own end goal.
Photography clubs – how to achieve widefield astrophotography using just a camera and lens – zoom and wide angle and how to achieve quality results with just a simple camera tripod with no star trails by applying a simple formula. Discussions on iso, shutter speed and aperture settings. How to obtain critical focus using liveview and software. Explanation for the need to image stack and by using just a couple of software packages you will surprise yourself with the results.
General clubs – concentrating more on the results with a general talk on how the photos were achieved from the “back yard”. An explanation on how when to see the northern lights (aurora borealis activity) and how often we can actually see these from the UK (for example, it was seen on average 3x a month last year from Scarborough, North Yorkshire). There are lots of photos to see.
These talks are roughly between 60 to 90 minutes in length and will continue to evolve as new images are added once skill levels increase further or if new imaging equipment is acquired. Every talk will be different and humour is always included 😉
So far the presentation has been really well received at the following clubs with some multiple times:
Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society
Upcoming talks with dates to be fixed for the following clubs
Cheltenham and Gloucester Photography club – TBA