One day course for adults: 2024
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 (you can 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
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.
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.
The course is presented in one of our domes under the backdrop of an historic telescope. The dome is accessed by 2 flights of stairs. Please wear warm clothing.
There are breaks during the course for a hot drink and you can purchase food from our cafe. We will contact you via email prior to the course with food options should you wish to pre-order.
If using Sat Nav, please use ‘Wartling Road’ and NOT our postcode.
PARKING: There is ample free parking on the grassed car park in front of The Centre.
If you are a blue badge holder, there are 5 parking bays available at the back of the science centre, adjacent to our ramped entrance. Please note that by virtue of the historic nature of the building, the domes are accessed by steep narrow stairs.
By booking this course you agree to abide by our refund/cancellation policy.
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