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Jodrell and the night sky


25 Jan 2023

Discover how you can use simple equipment to capture different images of the night sky

Jodrell and the night sky

Our popular astrophotography workshops are returning this winter.

Introduction to astrophotography – 15 February, 7:30pm – 10pm

Join us for an informal and fun session that includes an introductory workshop (co-presented by Jodrell’s Dr Ant Holloway), along with a chance for you to try out your equipment on-site at Jodrell Bank.

You’ll learn how to use your DSLR or Compact System Camera to get started in Astrophotography. You’ll also discover how you can use simple equipment such as a tripod, to capture different images of the night sky, from planets and constellations to the colours of stars and star trails. There’ll be a chance too, to look at additional equipment you can use to expand the range of images you make.

No previous knowledge is required to attend this session but you will require your own camera with full manual controls.

Outdoor clothing and waterproof footwear is advisable. Observing the night sky is weather permitting.

Advanced astrophotography – 15 March, 7:30pm – 10pm

Do you already have some experience in photography and are looking to get some extra tips and tricks from an expert? Our advanced course offers astrophotographers the chance to extend their knowledge and help them achieve breath-taking night sky photography.

The session follows on from our Introduction to Astrophotography and includes a detailed talk by Jodrell’s Dr Ant Holloway followed by an in-depth demonstration of software packages including ‘Deep Sky Stacker’ and ‘Star Trails’.

Please note, this is a theory-based session, and the evening won’t include any practical outdoor work. As ever, you can expect a warm welcome and the chance to meet like-minded people and to talk to our knowledgeable team.

Both events are suitable for adults and young people 14+ and hot drinks will be provided.

Image credit: Dr Ant Holloway