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ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY, TELESCOPE CONTROL AND HOME OBSERVATORY AUTOMATION

Professor Peter Dunsby, Cosmology and Gravity Group, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town

Rapid advances in technology over the past twenty years have now made it possible for anyone with sufficient patience and dedication to capture amazing images of deep sky objects (nebulae, galaxies, star clusters, etc.), something that was once the exclusive domain of professional observatories. This course will cover many aspects of this exciting hobby, providing a comprehensive introduction to everything you need to capture the wonders of the Universe.

The course will cover equipment such as mounts, telescopes, guiders and focusers; software and some basic calculations; telescope control and polar alignment; guiding software and automating your observing run; types of astrophotography that include Milky Way shots, deep sky galactic and extragalactic imaging and capturing planetary nebulae; planning an imaging session and processing which includes stacking sub frames, removing noise and many other tips and tricks. If there is time, some discussion will be devoted to the science you can do with a basic home-based astro setup, for example survey work and recording exoplanet transits.

LIVE IMAGING SESSION: Friday 28 January at 8.00 pm

The course includes a live imaging session which will be offered online.

 

ONLINE: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509152967

IN-PERSON: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509151646

 

DATE: Monday 24–Friday 28 January
TIME: 5.00 pm
COURSE FEES: R375 (online)/R550 (in person)
PLATFORM: MS TEAMS