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Welcome to the ASV Astrophotography Section.

Section Director: Tom Fowler

email ap@asv.org.au

Facebook Group

ASV Astrophotography (Membership is Restricted to ASV Members)

The Facebook Group is our main communication channel for announcing events and updates as well as providing a discussion forum for members.

When requesting to join please provide your membership number 

Groups.io Group

We now have an ASV Groups.io forum at

Astronomical Society of Victoria (Membership is Restricted to ASV Members)

This includes an ASV Astrohotography sub-group.

When requesting to join please provide your membership number 

 

Section meetings

Save the following dates in your calendar for the 2021 section meetings. All section meetings take place at the ASV Lodge or via ZOOM online.

 

Astrophotography Short Courses and Boot Camp / Field Trips

Astrophotography Short Courses consisting of 3 or 4 evening 3 hour sessions followed by a Boot Camp Field Trip are run twice a year. The course sessions are held at the ASV Lodge while the field trip is held at the Leon Mow Dark Sky Site (LMDSS). 

ASV Bootcamp Tickets Now Available for 13th November 2021.

Tickets are limited to 50 attendees and one ticket per member and tickets are booked via the link: **https://www.eventbrite.com.au/.../asv-astrophotography...**

LMDSS Bootcamp Schedule

Meet and greet 

Introduction to LMDSS 

Divide into 2 streams 

Nightscape stream and Deep Sky stream

Nightscape Workshops - Alex Cherney will run the Nightscape workshops 

Focusing; Composition

Deep Sky Workshops

Focusing; Target Selection; 

Setup on the field

 **Workshops **

From 9am Sunday morning 

Streamed group activities; Processing your own data 

Wrap up by 12:00

**YOU MUST BOOK 1 TICKET PER MEMBER (SITE IS OPEN ONLY TO VACCINATED ASV MEMBERS)**

**PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST PROVIDE CONFIRMATION OF YOUR VACCINATION STATUS UPON ARRIVAL AS PER THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS. SHOULD YOU NOT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF YOUR VACCINATION STATUS AS PER OUR ENTRY GUIDELINES YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE SITE IMMEDIATELY**

**UPON ARRIVAL AT LMDSS PLEASE PRESENT YOUR TICKET TO THE ATTENDING MARSHAL AT THE CLUBROOM AND CHECK IN USING THE VIC GOVERNMENT QR code APP & CONFIRM YOUR VACCINATION STATUS.**

Notable images from our section members

 M16 - Eagle nebula

 

M16 - The Eagle Nebula in narrowband

Terry Robison produced this wonderful narrowband image of M16 from his suburban home in Melbourne.

The Eagle Nebula is located in the constellation Serpens, 6,500-7000 light years away, and stretches approximately 70 by 55 light years. It is formed around a star cluster that is around 2 million years young. The nebula itself is a 5.5 million year old cloud of dust and molecular hydrogen gas, and is thought to contain several star forming regions.

Phillippe Loys de Cheseaux discovered the Eagle Nebula in the mid 18th century. But his original description was only the cluster of stars. Charles Messier independently rediscovered it in 1764 as part of his catalogue, giving it the catchy name of M16.

 Located in the top left hand side of the image, there is an incredible looking structure known as the Stellar Spire. It is roughly 9.5 light years long. Cosmic sea horse?

Enjoy this amazing view while you can as both the Spire and the Pillars in the Eagle Nebula are already likely to be gone. 8500 years ago, a supernova explosion created massive shock waves moving through the nebula. This process would have taken thousands of years to sweep through the region, in the end, destroying the delicate structures.

If you access to a fairly modest low powered telescope, or even with a pair of binoculars, you will be able to view this nebula from a dark location. You should be able to see around twenty stars, surrounded by gas and dust.

Instruments Used:

Telescope: RC10 (RCOS), Camera:STL-11000 (SBIG), Mount:AP900 (Astro-Physics), Filters: Ha 7nm, SII 8.0 nm, OIII 8.5 nm (Baader Planetarium)

 Image Details:Resolution:0.804 arcsec/pixFocal length: 2309.84 mm (9.1) Pixel size:9.00 um Image processing with CCDStack and Photoshop.

 

Monitor Calibration

Leon Mow Dark Sky Site

New Moon Weekends

Piers and Storage Locker

Astrophotography Observatory at LMDSS

http://asv.org.au/observatory

Club Section

ASV Library

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