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Moon photography and other astrophotography- CANCELED

Hey everyone,

One thing I've had a bit of interest in is running some photography nights, three of my telescopes are optimized for astrophotography, this makes a good combination! Due to some popular request I've decided to run a night specifically for astrophotography.

Tonight what I'm wanting to run is a night for astrophotography with the main object being the moon, it's big and bright and easy to find :) This means that anyone; man, woman or child can bring a camera along. Whether you have a $10,000 DSLR or a cheap $50 Kmart mock up your welcome to come down and do some moon photography.

Although the moon is going to be the prime suspect of the night, Jupiter and its moons will also be visible and photographable for anyone. For people with SLRs they'll potentially also be able to get an average photo of some or the brighter nebulae and star clusters, the telescopes won't be set up for long exposure photography.

Another thing that we can do on the night is try to get some images of the Milky Way in just some simple long exposure photography with a camera and a tripod. It can be some really good fun and you can learn a lot about doing night photography this way without the use of a telescope.

I am currently setting this night for Friday February 22nd but as I'm planning this two weeks ahead I have no idea at all what the weather is going to be like. Closer to the date I may have to change the date depending on what the weather is going to be like on the night. If need be I'll push is back to the next Friday night.

If anyone has any questions just zap me and email :)

Colin

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  • Tini Mc M.

    Hi there.
    Just joined the group. I know its getting closer to winter but wonder whether any astrophotography night will be on the agenda soon. Thanks!

    May 23, 2013

    • Colin R.

      My semester finished on Saturday so I've actually got time in my life again!
      I'll try organizing something on the first clear weekend we have :)

      May 23, 2013

  • Anna

    Yes, I was just looking at the moon thinking the same thing. Though having looked at the radar now things could be different in an hour to two.

    February 22, 2013

  • Colin R.

    Would you look at that, actually a fair decent evening! Bloody Melbourne weather and its useless weatherman!

    February 22, 2013

    • Sarah J.

      Yep, I have found the best way of reading Melbourne weather is look out the window and expect it to change pretty darn quickly!!! Ha,ha,ha

      February 22, 2013

  • Colin R.

    I've sent out an email just saying that this meetup has been canceled due to bad weather. If people are interested we could still just meet up for dinner somewhere, it is a Friday night after all :)

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Colin thanks for doing your best to make it happen anyway. These things are sent to try a good astrologer... and there is nothing you can do about it. Dinner sounds good but whatever

      February 20, 2013

    • Laura H.

      Hi Colin, shame about that, thanks anyway. Laura.

      February 22, 2013

  • Anna

    Bummer, well that's Melbourne. Could get some good lightning strikes instead :)

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey! I'm interesting to join but I'm not familiar with Melbourne. Does anyone know how to get there from the City? Thanks!

    February 19, 2013

    • Riccardo

      If you're taking the train, hop on the Hurstbridge line, that will get you to Eltham. Just make sure the train doesn't terminate at Greensborough. I live in the area, so I'm happy to pick some people up at the station if they need a lift.

      February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! Yeah it'll be great if I can a lift from the station. Here's my contact number[masked]

      February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi friends, I will be coming from the City. Please can I get lift on the way.

    February 17, 2013

    • Colin R.

      I'd love to help out but my car is going to be absolutely packed with telescopes :)

      February 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's ok Colin. Thanks.

      February 17, 2013

  • Sandra

    SO EXCITED! Thanks for organising, Colin! :-)

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its amazing what you can do with just basc equipment.My first astro pic was of the moon using a 76cm Saxon reflector and a Olympus compact digital propped up on a tripod in front of the eye piece.

    February 10, 2013

    • Colin R.

      You are right Michael, it is amazing how easy it can be. My very first astrophotography experience was taking photos of the moon with my iPhone 3GS and I got some amazing pictures with that, just hovering it over the eye piece :)

      February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you get good conditions and everyone enjoys getting their first astro pic.

    February 10, 2013

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