Seeing Stars (EPyC Biweekly meetup)

Stuff happens. So check this page regularly to see if the event details have been revised, or if you need to update your RSVP. One thing hasn't changed though: it's still just AED 20 if you want to join us on the evening. With that out of the way, here's what we currently have slated for Tuesday:

Discussion Topic: Photographing the Stars (Basel Badran)
Basel is a seasoned amateur photographer since the 1980s. He teaches educational technology and photography at the Higher Colleges of Technology, and manages the annual Badran Photography Award in Jordan & Palestine. His presentation will be a beginner’s personal experience of mixing two hobbies, astronomy and photography. Basel will bring his 11” Celestron telescope to demonstrate his passion for shooting the heavens.

Member showcase (Waleed Elewa)
For this section, members show us 10 to 12 of their best shots, and answer questions about them. Want to try your hand at this in the future? Talk to an organizer.

The Tuesday tip (Ashraf Jandali)
Want advice on how to improve your photographs? Ashraf's here to help.


Photo Competition (Theme: Reflections)
Please send us two of your images by email ([masked]) by 5 PM on the day of the event, or bring your photos to the event on a USB thumb drive. To make our lives easier, please rename the files so that they have your name in them, e.g. Ahmed1.JPG and Ahmed2.JPG. We all vote on who has done the best job, and the two photographers with the most votes will each win a pass for GPP PhotoFriday. Please note that if you don't show up, or pass your photos to the organizers on time, your shots will not be eligible for a prize.


We will be meeting in Studio Attitude in Al Quoz, in the same series of warehouses as Botanica. If you need help figuring out how to get there, check out the location map, or make use of the GPS coordinates [masked],[masked]). More information on the venue can be found on their site or at 04 3384114.

We also have YouTube videos showing you how to get there from Sheikh Zayed Road, with detailed text directions posted underneath. This one shows the way if you are coming from the direction of the World Trade Centre and Dubai Mall, and this one depicts the way from the direction of Abu Dhabi, the marina, and Al Barsha.

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  • Ahmad

    Thanks Basel for opening our eyes to this wonderful world. I did some searches on the internet and noticed that most reflector telescopes have an aperture of f10 or f11 in photography language. The one that you showed us was equivalent to a 2800mm, f10 telelense. The maximum I could find on the Celestron website was equivalent to a 3500mm, f10 lense with a diameter of 350mm.

    March 6, 2014

  • Maria L.

    So sorry guys, something came up last minute and won't be able to make it. But I trust I'll see some of you at Heisler's exhibition on Thursday.
    Enjoy,

    March 4, 2014

    • Amr

      Your photo was ready and waiting for you! anway nothing to worry, I left it in Studio Attitude and you can get it at any future event

      March 5, 2014

    • Maria L.

      Oops. Thanks a lot Amr!

      March 6, 2014

  • Amr

    Basel, Thank you for taking us into this interesting space tour! Waleed, that was a very unique trip and thanks for sharing it with us.

    March 5, 2014

  • Nader B.

    It was very interesting subject, than k you Basel for the presentation

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Daniel H.

    Thanks as always everyone for one more interesting evening. "BAZ" nice to hear all about your adventures in Astro-photography. :)

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Basel A. R. B.

    Do I need to email my entries or can I bring them along tonight?

    March 4, 2014

  • Amr

    Reflections is the competition theme for this week and if your photo is good enough you will get a chance to win 2 free passes for GPP2014 PhotoFriday

    March 4, 2014

    • Shadi

      Too late :-)

      March 4, 2014

    • Amr

      You still have 5 hours before the biweekly ;)

      March 4, 2014

  • waleedelewa

    what will be the Photo Competition Theme

    March 2, 2014

  • Aditya

    Look forward to attend

    March 1, 2014

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