1 Astrophotography for Beginners (02/02/19) | Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

Astrophotography for Beginners

The course covers the basic principals in taking pictures of astronomical objects.

Date & Time

Date Saturday 2nd February, 2019 to Sunday 3rd February, 2019
Time 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Age Suitability

Astro-Photographers from 16 to 100 years old will enjoy this experience.

This course is aimed at beginners, however more experienced Astro-photographers are welcome and may find the course useful

Equipment Needed

No equipment is needed and advice and guidance on buying and using the right kit is part of the course. If you do have equipment of your own bring it along. Specifically things to think about bringing are:

  •        Camera. DSLR or specialist Astro cameras
  •        Your own telescope if you have one
  •        Laptop (to learn about processing and stacking etc)

If you are bringing your own DSLR we have adapters available for popular models of camera to enable you to use your camera with our telescopes during the event.

Additionally - specific questions can be emailed to our experts in advance, email us at info@battlesteads.com

Ticket Prices

Adult from £215.00


The course covers the basic principals in taking pictures of astronomical objects. This includes nebula, galaxies, stars and the planets. Advice and guidance on the equipment you will need and how to get the best out of equipment you may already have.  We nclude both theory and practical sessions and weather permitting, taking your own pictures in what is one of the best dark sky locations in the UK.   No previous knowledge or experience is required and the course is ideally suited to the beginner starting out as an astrophotographer. If you have equipment that you'd like help with bring it along, This extended course will give you ample time to get to know your camera and astrophotography techniques followed by supervised imaging sessions and processing your images. Bring your camera & telescope if you have them and laptop (but they are not essential - you can use our equipment.)  Although the course is aimed at beginners, our astrophotographers have over 20 years' experience therefore intermediate or advanced guests will also benefit from attending.

If your interest is in taking wide field sky vistas of the Milky Way then you may be interested in our Nightscape Photography courses. 

Event Specific Information

Day One, Saturday.

After arrival and dinner in the award winning Battlesteads restaurant, join us at our dark sky observatory for one of our public observing events and learn how find your way around the stars. We will observe the most interesting objects, such as the Milky Way, star clusters, nebulae, double stars and galaxies.

Day Two, Sunday.

The morning is your own, take the chance to explore some of beautiful Northumberland or just rest in the bar after last night’s astronomy.

2pm - Astrophotography course. 

• Getting to know your camera
• DSLR basics, getting off the “auto” setting
• Taking pictures of the Milky Way, night skyscapes and photographing the Moon
• Attaching your camera to a telescope and taking long exposure pictures
• Taking pictures of the planets
• Specialist Astrophotography cameras
• Tweaking and processing your images

6:00 pm - Break for dinner

8:30pm Taking Pictures

Our resident Astrophotographer will ensure that this part of your experience is tailored to your experience level and equipment - if you have a specific thing you'd like to focus on then drop us an email and let us know.

Putting into practice the afternoon session astrophotography guests will have the exclusive use of the observatory to take their own pictures with the tutor on hand to provide advice and guidance.

As of yet, we're unable to control the weather, so observing and photographing the skies can only go ahead if it's clear but you'll be pleased to know that all events will go ahead in any weather conditions.

In the event of inclement weather on day 2, the evening will be split between practical hands-on tuition learning how to put telescopes and cameras together and getting the best from your equipment. The second part of the evening will be an introduction to basic processing, using your own existing data or the tutors images.

Day two of this event is also available as a single day Sunday course.

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