Date: Friday 14th October | Time: 2.45pm – 3.45pm

Pete Lawrence

Pete Lawrence has presented an observing section on the long running BBC Sky at Night television programme since 2004. He compiles and writes the monthly Sky Guide for the Sky at Night Magazine and writes the Night Sky column for the Daily Telegraph. His duties also include consulting for the BBC on astronomical matters working on programmes such as Stargazing Live, Horizon and Forces of Nature.

Pete is highly regarded in the world of astrophotography specialising in capturing time specific events. Many of his images have been published in books, magazines and online across the world. In 2014 he was awarded the Davies Medal for a significant contribution in the digital field of imaging science by the Royal Photographic Society.

As well as having several decades experience as an astronomical observer, Pete also holds an honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leicester. As part of his astronomical duties he also acts as an expert guide on specialist trips including those in search of the elusive Northern Lights and total solar eclipses.


Lecture synopsis

 “The High Frame Rate Advantage”

Although useful to breathe, the Earth’s atmosphere is a major hurdle to achieving sharp images of Solar System objects such as the Sun, Moon and brighter planets. In this presentation Pete will take a look at how imagers have learnt to live with and reduce the effects of the atmosphere via the use of high frame rate cameras. Time permitting he will perform a live process on a high frame rate sequence at the end of the talk.

Image below courtesy of Pete using this technique