PHYS397R-Astrophotography
(1 credit - Spring 2015)

In this course you will learn about and do Astrophotography through course work and nighttime observations. You will use cameras and telescopes to photograph a range of celestial objects from the Sun, the Moon, the Planets, Constellations and very distant objects like Star Clusters and gaseous Nebula. You will also take images of star trails over Oxford College buildings like Seney Hall or the new Library. Your goal in this course is to capture a range of beautiful photographs that you will put on display in Pierce Hall at the end of the semester.
 

These are the objects that we photographed and studied in the Spring of 2015.

Observation Night #5 -- Sat. April 5'th 9:30-11:30pm
     Venus, Orion Nebula, the Full Moon, Star Trails and Jupiter
Observation Night #4 -- Sat. March 28'th 9:30pm-12am 
     Jupiter, Waxing crescent Moon and Star Trails over Allen church and Cherry Tree
Observation Night #3 -- Tues. Feb. 10'th 8:30-10pm 
     Jupiter w/o great red spot
Observation Night #2 -- Sat. Jan. 24'th 8-10pm
    Comet Lovejoy, Pleiades Star Cluster and Star Trails of Constellation Canis Major.
Observation Night #1 -- Wed. Jan. 21'st 7:30pm
    Comet Lovejoy, Pleiades Star Cluster and Star Trails of Constellations.

Major Planets Visibility - Spring 2015
  • Jupiter - Great viewing during the early-mid evening hours all spring.
  • Saturn - Only visible in early mornings, 3-6am.
  • Mars - Not high enough at night to be visible this spring.
Comet Lovejoy - We are very lucky this spring to have a rare and special event happening in the night sky early in the semester! Comet Lovejoy will be passing close to Earth and will be very bright and easily visible with any of our telescopes. This comet was only discovered in 2014 and we will make efforts to photograph it. For complete details on it's position and brightness, see this page.
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