June Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

June 04, 2020, 7:00PM: June Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

“I Have This Scope and Want to do Astrophotography”

Speaker: Don Selle
Location: Online via Zoom with chat


A person standing posing for the cameraDescription automatically generatedAbstract – It is a statement we hear regularly from new astronomers and it’s usually followed by a flurry of how-to questions. Most times, it is difficult to answer these questions because it can be hard to know where to start. As one wag put it: ”Astrophotography is a wide river that runs deep. It has a steep and slippery slope to get to it, is full of twists and turns, and hides many snags along the way”.

The astrophotography we see today on the internet and in various publications is magnificent and inspiring. It is also very different from other types of inspiring photography. In addition to the photographic knowledge required to produce say an inspiring landscape photo, astrophotography requires the imager to learn and use equipment and processes not used in any other type of photography.

This presentation is meant as a starting point for answering this question, and to set reasonable expectations by providing insight into the various types of astrophotography, the equipment and software used for each, and a glimpse at the skills and time required to be a successful astro-imager.

Bio – Don Selle became a new amateur astronomer and member of the Houston Astronomical Society since 2003. A year later he started learning astrophotography and he is still learning today.

His astrophotography experience has included use of both CCD and DSLR cameras, and OTAs spanning the range from a 66mm refractor to a 12-inch RC. In the past several years he has branched out into shooting Nightscapes.

Don has served as an officer and director of HAS since 2009 and was President in 2018-19, and is still chasing the dream of creating that publication quality, prize winning astrophoto.


Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our June speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform! You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below:


Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Thursday evening June 4th!

Joe Khalaf


Houston Astronomical Society

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