Date  Friday 15th November Time 11.15am – 12.15pm

Peter Jenkins

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 6 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 few years Peter has had many images published in Sky at Night, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope (US) and Astronomy (US) Magazines. He was shortlisted in the Royal Observatory Astronomy Photographer of the Year in 2017 and 2018. He was awarded a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day in 2017. Peter became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2017 and has recently been writing equipment reviews and processing articles 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”


Lecture synopsis

Astrophotography – Glitches and Gremlins


Do you live in the UK?

Have you already purchased or intend buying all the kit needed for Astrophotography?  What could possibly go wrong?

A look at some of the problems faced by Astrophotographers.

Weather, Light Pollution, Equipment Fails, Software glitches and UFOs.

It’s guaranteed that problems will occur – some of these will be explained with examples.

Tips will be provided to minimise inevitable failures or to lessen the chance of problems arising while imaging.

Astrophotography – the most rewarding and the most frustrating of hobbies!


Below A sample of Peters work, Peters Website