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.
Discussion of how digital photography has come along over the years
DSLR settings ISO, Exposure, white balance
Shooting and processing star trails
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
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.
Use of filters
Levels and curves
Light Pollution removal
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