Spiral Galaxy

Astrophotography - An Introduction

An introduction to imaging & processing the wonders of the universe. Our team of professional astronomers includes some who are published - get top tips from the best.

Age Suitability

Astro-Photographers from 14 to 100 years old will enjoy this experience.

(Especially if you've never done it before.)

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:

  • A smartphone
  • DSLR camera & telescope adapter
  • Your own telescope if you have one
  • tripod
  • 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 £22.50
Concession £19.50
Family £55.50


The first step in taking pictures of the wonders of the universe is realising that fantastic moon pictures can be taken through our telescopes with your smartphone. This kind of astro-photography can be done any night that you visit, moon & weather permitting, but if you want to develop your skills further then an introduction to astrophotography is the perfect event for you.  Our experts will help you get the best from DSLRs, purpose built Astro Imaging Cameras, and webcams.

Whether you're a beginner starting out as an astrophotographer, or you have equipment that you'd like help with, or even if you're an expert wanting top tips on processing, then this is the evening for you.  With expert tuition and advice from our regular amateur and professional team members, and with occasional visits from internationally renowned experts, Battlesteads Dark Sky Discovery Observatory has something for everyone.

Topics Covered

  • An Introduction to Lunar Smartphone Imaging. (Afocal Imaging)
  • DSLR basics, including how to fit them to your telescope.
  • Photographing the Moon and Planets using our telescopes, (and our cameras if you don't have a camera of your own.)
  • Tweaking and processing your images, the basics.

The course provides advice and guidance on the equipment you will need to attach your camera to your own telescope.

No previous knowledge is required, our experts will show you how to get the best of your own equipment, or will give hands-on demonstrations of their equipment.  Finally, if you bring your laptop, we'll help you download and install some simple free software to help you get the best from processing your images.

During the winter months the observatory warm room is kept cosy and with hot drinks available all year round; this simply is the best and most comfortable way to be introduced to the dark starry skies of Northumberland and the universe beyond.

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


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