Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 9:30 am in the Yurt
Fun With Photons – Imaging the Night
This session is an introduction into the fascinating world of night time photography. It will include the basic camera settings, and required techniques for imaging targets during the night with camera equipment you already own. The session will cover camera sensor basics, so attendees can understand the camera settings and learn how and why to adjust them. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to image objects at night without a flash, light painting, the moon, star trails, the Milky Way, and even a deep space object.
John Sojka is a Department of Defense professional working in the realm of Space and Intelligence. John is an amateur astronomer who had the privilege of using his astrophotography skills professionally for Government work. His astrophotography journey started in 2010 with his office’s involvement in the NASA LCROSS Mission. He was selected to image the plume on the moon generated by the LCROSS impactor. Subsequently, he received the honor of assisting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with a successful Deep Space Imaging program for the public and has been a featured speaker at Almost Heaven Star Parties. John’s passion for astronomy started with his father when he was a boy. His father was instrumental in building several observatories and reflector telescopes. John still uses his father’s home-made 10″ reflector telescope to this day.