Astrophotography – The Sky at Night



We are delighted to work in association with Sherwood Observatory to bring you a unique course on photographing the night sky.*

Designed for photographers who have a solid understanding of how to use their digital camera and want to get to grips with the basics of this subject matter.

The evening includes

  • An introduction to the night sky and photography using your standard DSLR kit.
  • Types of astrophotography images and how to create them.
  • Exposure, wavelengths of light and lens choice considerations.
  • A guide to the night sky in order to find the best subject matter all year round.
  • Post production methods using Adobe software.
  • Almanack to keep with observations for the night sky over Britain in the coming year.

Sherwood Observatory was established at its current site in 1972, where the facilities include a purpose built lecture room under the 22ft dome containing the main telescope. We work with Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society whose members’ expertise in the subject is second to none. Our evening is a fabulous opportunity to discover the methods used for image capture so that you can recreate the techniques at leisure with your camera this coming year.

*Please note that the weather on the night might not give us the conditions we need to shoot star trails and planets, however the techniques for doing so will be thoroughly covered so that you are ready to shoot at your leisure. We run these courses through the dark months of the year. It’s all about the sky at night, so dress accordingly, you’ll be using your camera outdoors!

Images 2 and 11 by courtesy of Peter Jenkins
6 by courtesy of Phil Randall

Course Dates 2018

Sunday 18th Feb 2018 – Sherwood Observatory, Notts

Sunday 4th Mar 2018 – Sherwood Observatory, Notts

Course Tutors

Dan Billings BA (hons)

Course Times

3:45pm arrival for 4.00pm – 9.30pm

On clear nights, there is an opportunity to stay later for fabulous star gazing. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided in the breaks.
You need to bring a packed tea for mid evening.