Astrophotography Masterclass – Peter Jenkins FRAS


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Peter Jenkins is a retired IT Manager and a qualified professional photographer,(British Institute of Professional Photographers – BIPP). Peter has a keen interest in astronomy and took up astrophotography some five years ago. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) in 2017  

 All photographs featured on this page have been taken from my light polluted garden.

Peter has had his images published in BBC Sky at Night, Astronomy Now and Sky & Telescope Magazines. The Heart Nebula (below left) was NASA Astronomy picture of the day (APOD) on 27th August 2017
 Peter was also recently been shortlisted in the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2017 and 2018. He has also written equipment reviews for BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

In this unique and exclusive training course, Peter has recorded several hours of videos, sharing many of his secrets on astrophotography, focussing on DSLR and CCD astrophotography Peter discusses the techniques of both imaging star trails as well as deep sky objects even touching on planetary work.

General contents

Part One

Discussion of how digital photography has come along over the years

DSLR settings ISO, Exposure, white balance

Remote stutters

Shooting and processing star trails


Part Two

Rules for avoiding star trails

Tracking with cameras

Problems of noise in images

Stacking software, use of Deep Sky Stacker

Filters in DSLRs (remove of those that block Hydrogen)

Attaching a DSLR to telescopes (use of the T-ring)

Use of the star adventurer

Equatorial Mount, types of mount

Polar Aligning

Use of the handset to control the telescope

Computer controlled mount


Focussing with a Bahatinov Mask

DSLR’s for Astrophotography

Issues with noise and temperature

Signal to noise ration

Use of flats, bias, darks.

CCD Cameras

Part 3

CCD Cameras

Bayer Matrix

Monochrome Astrophotography

Use of filters

Filter Wheel

Hydrogen Filter

Narrowband filters

Plate solving


Image processing

Planetary imaging




Levels and curves

Light Pollution removal

RGB combination

Selective Sharpening


Stacking with Deep Sky Stacking

Peter has also provided source files so that learners can download and have a play with featured images

The course is hosted within Moodle logins will be supplied upon payment