Date: Friday 12th October | Time: 11.15am – 12.15pm
Peter was, at one time, a qualified professional photographer (British Institute of Professional Photographers) with a studio in Belfast and taught photography at colleges in Northern Ireland. More recently, Peter worked as an IT Manager. With a lifelong interest in Astronomy, some 5 years ago Peter decided to try to photograph the views he was getting with his small refractor. It didn’t take long for this to become an obsession! During the last two years Peter has had many images published in Sky at Night, Astronomy Now and in Sky & Telescope Magazines. He was shortlisted in the Royal Observatory Astronomy Photographer of the Year in 2017 and awarded a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day in the same year. Peter became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2017 and has recently been writing equipment reviews for BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
“Astrophotography combines my love of Astronomy, Photography and IT and allows me to photograph the wonders of the night sky which are invisible even through a small telescope”
Deep sky astrophotography.
A discussion of equipment required for long exposure, deep sky astrophotography including the advantages of broadband and narrowband imaging for light polluted UK sites. Methods and software used for automating the capture of images including plate solving. Basic image processing including calibration, stacking and combination of narrowband and broadband data.