July 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Main Yurt

Dan Ward, NOVAC

Monday, July 24 , 2017, 3:30 pm in the Yurt

Capturing the Great American Eclipse


Building on his own personal eclipse photography over the past 30 years,  Dan Ward researched classes, articles, new books and webinars on recent innovations in solar, lunar, and eclipse astro-imaging techniques.  This presentation offers an overview of what we can capture with modest to more sophisticated techniques ranging from smart phones, simple cameras, DSLR and telescope imaging.  Promoting a variety of safe filtering techniques, he provides a chance to leverage his (and others’) sometimes hard learned lessons as we all prepare for one of the solar eclipse events of a lifetime in August. 


As an 11-year old, Dan L. Ward first took “close-up” photos of the moon by holding the family’s Brownie Hawkeye camera to the eyepiece of his Gilbert 3” reflector telescope.  The results may have been less than spectacular, but were still sufficient to nurture a love of photography and astronomy that continues five decades later.

While living in Arizona in the 1980s, Dan refined his film astrophotography skills.  Several astronomy magazines published his comet, deep sky and planet photos while other images were used in books, including David Levy’s best seller, The Sky: A Users Guide.  His techniques for imaging vibration reduction were cited in Peter Manly’s classic, The 20-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and his video astronomy bracket design was included in Phil Harrington’s Star Ware (ed2).   More recently, Dan has become a popular speaker at photography clubs around Northern Virginia on astrophotography, eclipse photography and photo-haiku.