Date  Saturday 15th October Time 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Peter Jenkins FRAS

Peter is a retired IT Manager and was previously a qualified professional photographer (British Institute of Professional Photographers) He had a photographic studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he also taught photography at schools and colleges. Following a photographic career, he worked as an IT manager in the construction industry. Peter has always had a keen interest in astronomy and took up astrophotography ten years ago. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) in 2017.

Many of Peter’s images have been published in BBC Sky at Night Magazine and Astronomy Now in the UK, Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Magazines in the US, and as a NASA APOD. He was shortlisted in the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Peter has written equipment reviews and processing articles for BBC Sky at Night Magazine. He was a lecturer at previous International Astronomy Shows in 2018 and 2019. He is one of the speakers at the Advanced Imaging Conference in California (May 2022).

Peter now lives in Nottinghamshire (UK) and currently gives talks to astronomical and photographic societies throughout the UK. He is now an Ambassador and Tutor for Telescope Live which provides remote access to equipment in Chile, Australia and Spain.


Lecture synopsis

Astrophotography – Imaging Nebulae


This lecture will focus on the reasons for using cooled monochrome cameras for Astrophotography. This will include the theory behind the use of Narrowband imaging techniques and an explanation of how such images are captured and processed. Peter will explain the reasons for and advantages of Hubble Palette images as well as other choices for combining Narrowband Data. The talk will be illustrated with many images taken from a home observatory in Nottinghamshire UK as well as some taken using remote facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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


Below A sample of Peters work, Peters Website