Astrophotography Workshop

BMSCE hosted its annual Tech symposium Phaseshift on September 23rd & 24th . Alternate Universe – the astronomy and astrophysics society of BMSCE, in association with BMSCE IEEE, hosted a workshop on Astrophotography on the 24th of September as a part of their events in Phaseshift.

The event began at 10 am in EE6003, PG Block of BMSCE. There was a total of 48 participants.

The host for the workshop was Mr. Johaan Nishanth. He is an amateur astronomer and a well appreciated astrophotographer.

In this workshop, a deep insight into astrophotography was inculcated.
● Participants were briefed about the various types of Astrophotography - Planetary (Imaging of objects within the solar system), Widefield and, Deep-Sky. Preferably a DSLR can be used, but a web camera also can work wonders. Technicalities such as focal length of the lens used, shutter speed for the respective application, stacking of images over one another using different software were covered.
● Choice of telescopes and their mounts: Either a reflective or refractive type of telescope can be chosen, the types of mounts available include equatorial tracking, altazimuth, and tripod mounts.
● Methods to start off with astrophotography using basic equipment.
● A live demo of the setup and mounting of a telescope and its mount in preparation to photograph.

We were shown a slideshow consisting of a variety of photographs clicked by the host himself-the Andromeda galaxy, Eagle nebula, Orion nebula, NGC 2370, Dumbbell nebula, Needle galaxy, Comet lovejoy, to name a few; the beauty of which had us all enthralled. It was also surprising for the uninitiated in the nuances of astrophotography that such images that captured the depths of the universe could be taken with simple equipment in your own backyard. The photographers with previous experience in other kinds of this art had many questions and fruitful interactions with Mr. Johann. We received an extremely positive feedback and all the participants were given workshop participation certificates.

The key takeaways from this workshop were:
→ The participants got a deep insight in what is astrophotography and its various types.
→ Basic terminologies related to astronomy that are required for the aforesaid topic.
→ Ways to start off with astrophotography.
→ Equipment needed and the budget required.
→ Places in the vicinity of Bangalore where images can be captured with minimal light pollution.
→ The software/s required and their respective links.
→ Astrophotography as a carrier option / prospects in it.
→ Confidence to take out any camera and start clicking the skies, professionally.

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