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.
As with the other Observing Lists, astrophotographers will appreciate the opportunity to show off their creations. The Astrophotography Observing Award is a wonderful introduction to wide-field astrophotography, with opportunities to push your skills and equipment to the next level. To receive the award pin you must photograph at least 8 of the 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. Please check the information tent for updates on when the Observing Program table will be staffed, and where it is going to be for the next session. Typically it will be manned later in the afternoon.
Finally, with your permission, OSP would like to display the images on the website for everyone to see!