level 4 – astrophotography list

Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography that entails recording images of astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky. The easiest way to capture the night sky is to use an ordinary DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses. Such equipment affords a wide field of view, making easy work of imaging constellations, meteors, the Milky Way, and much more.

This year we’ve added a few dimmer items to provide a challenges for a wider range of observers and equipment.  You’ll be surprised what you can get with a phone, point-and-shoot, or SLR.  Others may want to test their skills and equipment on more challenging objects.    The objects marked challenge add 1 additional item count to encourage you to try them.

As with the other Observing Lists, astrophotographers will appreciate the opportunity to show off their creations. The Level 4 Astrophotography Observing Award is a wonderful introduction to wide-field astrophotography. To receive the award pin you must photograph at least 8 of the 18 listed wide field regions or objects while you are at OSP.

When finished bring your record of observations to the Observing Program table next to the Information Tent to receive your pin. The Observing Program table will be staffed by volunteers 2-4 PM Thursday, 1-3 Friday & Saturday, 10-12 Sunday.

Finally, with your permission, OSP would like to display the images on the website for everyone to see!

OSP_2018_Level_4_Astrophotography Rev A (pdf)

Excellent dark skies in Central Oregon – 5000 feet