The aim of this course is to take high quality astronomical imaging data of an interesting object of your choice, reduce the data and produce a final image.
Astrophotography is a great way of learning about astronomy, ccd imaging photography, image manipulation, attention to detail and the universe.
Our telescope is a high quality precision instrument, but it is not the Hubble Space Telescope. However, because of its large field of view you can still take quite spectacular images with this equipment. This makes it ideal for astrophotography. You will have a different strategy for diffuse faint objects like galaxies (long exposures), than galaxies (combine best images of many short exposures).
Ideally you will work in small groups of two or three, but you could also work in a larger group if you wish to organise that. However, each person must choose their own object to observe and take and reduce their own data. Possible objects: nebula, star clusters, galaxies, planets, transits, comets.
Further Information, manual and software
- Goals (PDF)
- Telescope tube manual (PDF)
- Telescope mount manual (PDF)
- pegasus21 tracking software (.zip)
- ccd camera
- ascom temma driver
This course is only open to those students taking either of the minor programs in astrophysics, or astronomy & astrobiology.