Observatory and Milky Way

NightScape Photography

Learn the first steps in taking pictures of the night sky. Whether you're a beginner starting out as a nightscape photographer, or you have equipment that you'd like help with, or even if you're an expert looking for top tips on processing, this experience is for you.

Date & Time

Date Sunday 24th November, 2019
Time 2:00pm to 10:30pm

Age Suitability

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

This course is suitable for all levels - beginner to expert.

Equipment Needed

We'll take you through the essentials even if you don't have any kit, and we'll give you some advice on buying and using the right kit if you're thinking about that.  Things to think about bringing are:

  • DSLR camera & tripod
  • Laptop (to learn about processing your images.)

If you are bringing your own DSLR we'll help you get the best out of it, but it'll help if you can email us your camera details so we can prepare.

Additionally - specific questions can be emailed to our experts in advance, email us at roy@astro.ventures

Ticket Prices

Adult £85.00

Details

This extended course will give you ample time to get to know your camera and photography techniques followed with supervised imaging sessions, including taking your own pictures in what is one of the best dark sky locations in England. No previous knowledge is required. Bring your camera, tripod and laptop (if you have one).

5pm – Nightscape photography course. 

  • Getting to know your camera
  • DSLR basics, getting off the “auto” setting
  • The exposure triangle
  • Composition
  • Nightscape.  Learn how to determine the best settings to use if you want to capture the night sky, including how to plan and visualize your images in advance of going outside with your camera as well as some more advanced techniques like shooting a time-lapse.  Wide-angle lenses (focal length <50mm) are ideal for this session.
  • Nightscapes/Milky Way.  The dense cloud of stars that is the plane of our galaxy can be seen from good dark sky sites and we’ll show you how to determine your best exposure settings and plan how to capture a dramatic nightscape including it as well as some more advanced techniques like shooting a time-lapse. Wide-angle lenses (focal length <50mm) are ideal for this session.
  • Nightscapes/Aurora and NLC’s.  Transient phenomena in the summer (NLC’s) or winter (aurora) skies can make for spectacular images.  We’ll help you determine the camera settings to use and how to plan a dramatic shoot ready for when they appear as well as some more advanced techniques like shooting a time-lapse. Wide-angle lenses (focal length <50mm) are ideal for this session.
  • Nightscapes/Moon.  Our nearest neighbour makes a great addition to a wider nightscape or a fantastic photographic subject in its own right.  Lenses with focal length 50mm (for nightscapes) up to 300mm+ (for detailed images of the Moon) are ideal for this session.
  • Nightscapes/Shooting stars – Learn how to capture shooting stars as well as some more advanced techniques like shooting time-lapses and creating composite images featuring several shooting stars.
  • Introduction to basic image processing

7:30 pm - Break for dinner

9:00pm Taking Pictures

Our resident nightscape photographer 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 nightscape photography guests will have the exclusive use of the observatory to take their own pictures with the tutor on hand to provide advice and guidance. 

In the event of inclement weather, the evening will be split between practical hands-on tuition learning how to get 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'.

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.

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Other Dates & Times

This event type is also running on the following dates & times:

Date Time Details Book
Sunday 1st September, 2019 2:00pm View Details Book Now
Sunday 20th October, 2019 2:00pm View Details Book Now
Sunday 1st December, 2019 2:00pm View Details Book Now
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