September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Main Yurt & Tent

John Sojka

11:00 a.m. — Smartphone astrophotography


John will show how one can take great astrophotos with a telescope, smartphone and rubber bands!  Its something that folks can implement right away. He will be providing the rubber bands.  People will be able to try the technique right away.


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.