The purpose of the SDAA is to further the education of its members and the general public in the subjects of astronomy and the related space and physical science, and to increase public awareness and enjoyment of these sciences.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is open to the public.
Mission Trails Visitors Center is located at 1 Father Juniperro Trail, just off Mission Gorge Road -- directions may be found at http://www.mtrp.org/vc_directions.asp.
For more information, please visit the Program Meeting page on http://www.sdaa.org.
Kevin Nelson's "Shedding Light on CCDs"
Learning more about what goes on in the silicon of your camera’s image sensor provides a deeper understanding of the issues you deal with in your astronomical image acquisition and image processing. “Shedding Light on CCDs” will discuss the pros and cons of different image sensor architectures (Full-frame vs. Interline Transfer), how QE varies across the spectrum, the trade-offs of varying pixel sizes and binning, and go into a deeper discussion of cooling and dark current versus noise.
If time permits, Kevin will also briefly discuss what can be expected in the future with digital image sensors for scientific cameras.
About Kevin Nelson
Kevin Nelson is co-founder of Quantum Scientific Imaging, a manufacturer of cooled CCD cameras designed by and for astrophotographers. Kevin is an avid sailor and history buff whose interest in stargazing began with studying the Age of Exploration and celestial navigation, and was reignited by the power of modern CCD cameras. Today, Kevin shares the joys and challenges of imaging the night sky from his backyard with his two sons.