Wednesday 2 March 2016, 6.30pm, VO Centre (Valletta)

This is the second of a set of three sessions during which our member Leonard Ellul-Mercer will be describing the methods and techniques for shooting and processing astronomical images.

After the successful first session, the second session will now deal with the imaging of the planets, the Sun, the Moon and deep sky objects. Nowadays you can even use your mobile phone to get quick images of the Moon, but what is different between photography of solar system objects and photography of distant and dim nebulae and galaxies? We shall see what one should do prior to an imaging session. Different types of stacking software will be shown – these are used for stacking raw images prior to processing in Photoshop or similar software. The importance of darks and flats used to calibrate raw images during stacking will also be discussed.

Attend this lecture to ask your questions and learn first-hand from an experienced astrophotographer who has shot many hundreds of astronomical images!

Leonard Ellul-Mercer has been observing the night sky for over twenty years. A selection of his images may be seen on his website and his online gallery