Sky at Night Magazine’s imaging masterclass

A report from the 12 November lecture event in Bristol

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Pete Lawrence answers a series of questions from the 120-strong audience


Last night, more than 100 budding astro imagers gathered at the At-Bristol science centre for BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s Astrophotography Masterclass.

On hand to provide the audience with expert hints and tips were world-renowned imagers Damian Peach, Pete Lawrence and Steve Richards.

After exploring the view of Bristol’s historic harbourside from the venue's expansive terrace, attendees took to their seats to hear Sky at Night presenter Pete Lawrence reveal how to photograph our closest cosmic neighbour, the Moon.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 winner Damian Peach continued with a talk on capturing the giant planet Jupiter, explaining to a rapt audience how to image and process this notoriously ‘wobbly’ celestial target. 

Finally, BBC Sky at Night Magazine's resident Scope Doctor Steve Richards took to the stage with a lesson in deep-sky imaging, covering the whole process from choosing the right filters to post-production – even offering to share some of his Photoshop secrets via email!

After a brief question and answer session, speakers and attendees shared their thoughts on the evening over a glass of the wine with the bright gibbous Moon pouring its light on to the terrace – just waiting to be captured by a newly inspired group of astro imagers.


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