Introduction to Astrophotography

22 Nov, 2017 - 7 Feb, 2018

22 November, 13 December, and 7 February
7:30pm – 10pm

Following on from the success of our popular Astrophotography Nights, we’re delighted to be running a new Introduction to Astrophotography event this winter.

Join us for an informal and fun session that includes an introductory workshop (co-presented by Jodrell Bank Observatory’s Dr Anthony Holloway), along with a chance for you to try out your equipment and talk to our knowledgeable team.

You’ll learn how to use your DSLR or Compact System Camera to get started in Astrophotography. You’ll also discover how you can use simple equipment such as a tripod and lenses, to capture different images of the night sky, from wide views of planets and constellations to the Moon and how to reveal the colours of the stars. There’ll be a chance too, to look at additional equipment you can use to expand the range of images you make.

No previous knowledge required. Wear a warm coat and bring a flask!

Tickets: £30 each
Annual Pass holders can access 10% discount:

The same event will be run on three different nights through November 2017 – February 2018.
Use the links below to book your tickets online:

Wednesday 22nd November, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday 13th December, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday 7th February, 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Event FAQs

Will the event continue in overcast/rainy weather?
Yes. We have an indoor space that’s suitable for practising your astrophotography skills (by using projections of the night sky) and so the event will go ahead in bad weather.

Do I need a DSLR camera?
Not necessarily, but to take part in the practical session you should have a camera that allows you to manually set the exposure time, aperture and ISO settings. Automotic modes on cameras are not ideal at understanding what you are trying to do with astrophotography. 

What should I bring with me?
We suggest packing the following:
Warm clothes (in case we are able to go outside)
Your camera (a DSLR is preferable but not a requirement – see above)
A tripod (with the appropriate attachment for your camera)
A small torch to help you operate your equipment outside in the dark (red coloured torches are best for preserving night vision)
Spare batteries, memory cards

Is there anything I need to prepare in advance?
It will help if you know in advance how to operate your digital camera on manual mode. In particular you’ll need to be able to change:
The exposure time
The ISO settings (the camera’s sensitivity)

What time should I arrive?
The car park will be open from 7pm and the event starts at 7:30pm. The evening should finish around 10pm. To get there, use the postcode SK11 9DW for your satnavs.