Night Sky Photography
24 September 2023. This course will be teaching practical aspects of night sky photography through lectures and demonstrations. You do not need to bring cameras, tripods or telescopes just listen and learn and take away all the essential information you will need to start you on your fascinating journey into night sky photography. Image courtesy of John Fox.
One day course for adults
The timing of this course has been specifically chosen to coincide with the start of Autumn when the nights are getting longer. This will give you plenty of opportunities in the weeks ahead to fully immerse yourself in photographing the fascinating objects in our amazing night sky.
The course is aimed at beginners in night sky photography but assumes competence with your own camera equipment. The morning session will teach the basics of imaging the night sky and the Milky Way, followed by an introduction to using a portable tracker to get even better night sky images.
The course includes a hot drink but does not include food. You are welcome to bring your own food or you can purchase lunch from our cafe (pre-order before the course starts). After lunch the afternoon session starts with a fascinating session on time lapse night sky photography, followed by how to image the moon and shooting by moonlight.
Delegates will be able to view a portable tracker and John's personal camera equipment that he uses to take most of his astro images.
Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Course lecturer: John Fox FRAS
John has spent over 54 years in the professional photographic arena and has practical experience in all film formats up to and including 5"x 4" plate cameras.
He won "Photographer of the Year" in the 1983 'Southern Press, Radio and Television' awards and has also picked up three Ilford Awards during his 32 years as a press photographer working both in Sussex and Manchester. Outside of his press photography adventures John has also photographed over 1,400 weddings during his long career.
John switched to digital in 2003 and has embraced the freedom of shooting and editing digital imagery. He gives camera club talks around Sussex and served as a committee member for two years on the R.P.S. South East regional committee.
He has developed a passion for astro photography using just basic equipment and is Chair of a local Astronomical Society, Wealden Astronomers.
John has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
You can book online using Paypal and depending on the device you are booking with there should be an option to book online without using Paypal (check out as a guest using your debit or credit card). Please telephone The Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your place(s) if you are unable to book online.
Gift Tickets are available for this course. Please visit the Gift Ticket page to purchase and see the terms and conditions.
The course is presented in one of our domes under the backdrop of an historic telescope. Please wear warm clothing.
The course takes place on the first floor in one of our domes which is accessed by 2 flights of stairs. Please let us know if you have any access or additional needs.
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