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AOTF August 2017

by Gerry Cassidy - 14:08 on 22 September 2017
Astronomers of the Future Club in Troon – 31st August 2017 meeting write up Report by Alan Martin At the Astronomers of the Future Club meeting on 31st August 2017, at the RSAS Barassie Works Club in Troon, guest speaker Marc Charron (pictured) spoke on the subject of Astral Photography with camera & tripod. Marc began with an overview of the different aspects to be taken into consideration, these being the rules of photography, the equipment required, camera basics, shooting considerations and image processing. Whilst demonstrating the various options and rules for framing your photograph Marc showed some excellent pictures of the night sky taken by himself around Ayrshire, near his home and at the Dark Sky observatory at Dalmellington. He then went on to provide an in depth talk on the equipment used and how to optimize this for taking pictures of the night sky, especially in relation to tripods used, exposure length and timing, again illustrated by examples of how and how not photograph astral objects including our own Sun. Mr.Charron explained how the pictures he takes can be loaded into software to improve light balance which can reveal objects and sights not necessarily obvious when the picture is first viewed. He also demonstrated image stacking whereby a series of consecutive images can be overlaid/mapped together to again provide further definition. To finish Marc gave a run through of his own favourite images of the Milky Way, nebulae, satellites which seem to blight a lot of pictures, and his own personal favourites- meteors. Note, the next meeting of AOTF will be on Thursday 28 th September at 7.15pm upstairs in the RSAS Barassie Works club in Shore Road, Troon, KA10 6AG when Marion McNeill of the Inverclyde Skywatchers will speaking on the subject of the Aurora Borealis.

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