Wednesday 9 November 2022

Tuesday 8th November - Astrophotography - Mick Ladner and Dan Self

As dusk approached after a mostly dull, damp, cloudy day there was a short sharp shower followed by a double rainbow and lovely clear skies!  Just what we needed for tonight's meeting at Wells Cole where three members of Breckland Astronomical Society, Mick, Dan and Malcolm, gave us a practical introduction to astrophotography.  As soon as we saw the array of equipment they brought and the three dimensional graphs and measurements in millions of light years, we knew this genre was not for the faint-hearted!  But after some basic theory and some practical demonstrations, we were ready to have a go outside.

Light pollution is a major problem even in rural areas like Saham Toney but some club members managed to achieve some shots of the starry sky in the south west.  We are looking forward to visiting the observatory in Great Ellingham in January when we can put all their tips into practice.


10s at f3.5, ISO400, 70-150mm lens at 70mm on Olympus EM1-MKlll
by Mick Ladner

20s at f2.8, ISO 1600, 12-40mm lens at 12mm Olympus EM1-MKlll by Mick Ladner

Image by Di Jackson

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