Steve’s Place

Photography and Astrophotography

Astronomy and Photography Talks

I have been delivering talks to clubs over a number of years and recently, I have been concentrating more on Astrophotography. Astronomy is a niche area that generates a lot of interest particularly when the audience sees results of what might be possible from a back garden with a little bit of help and knowledge.

These talks are tailored depending on the audience (as indicated below). I have now presented these both nationally and internationally to societies, general outreach and as I am now a STEM Ambassador, schools, colleges and universities also.

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. What causes an aurora (northern/southern lights), talking about solar astronomy and finally, discussion about remoting and the IT side to make this happen.

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. Expanding on aurora activity and how to photograph.

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.

Schools and Colleges – I am also a STEM ambassador and hold a current DBS.

The 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. The cost for the presentation is £50 +contribution to fuel if the round trip is greater than 40 miles.

So far the presentation has been really well received at the following clubs and some delivered multiple times:

Ashington Photography Club

Beverley Naturalists Society

Beverley Photographic Club

Brooklands Photographic Society  (Hull)

Burniston and Cloughton WI

East Ayton WI

East Riding Astronomers

Focus Photographic Group (Bridlington)

Harrogate Astronomical Society

Hunmanby Camera Club

Kirbymoorside and District Camera Club

Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society

Muston Monday Club  (Muston, near Filey)

Muston Village Hall  (Muston, near Filey)

Picture This  (Withernsea)

Scarborough Amateur Radio Society

Scarborough Photographic Society

Scarborough Rotary

Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society

Scarborough U3A

Withernsea Camera Club

York Astronomical Society

York Camera Club

The Saints Club (Overseas)

Two Boats School (Overseas) – talk delivered both at primary and secondary levels  * (STEM related) *

Upcoming talks with dates to be fixed for the following clubs:
21st October 2021 – Scarborough U3A   10-12 – venue to be decided                   (A hidden gem in the middle of nowhere)
20th Jan 2022 – Beverley & District University of the Third Age (U3A)                    (Astrophotography)
Ashington Photography Club (revisit)
Beverley Photographic Club (revisit x3)
Brooklands Photographic Society  (revisit x3)
Cheltenham and Gloucester Photography club
East Ayton WI (revisit)
East Riding Astronomers (revisit)
Snainton WI
Local schools (revisit)
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