Main Meeting - May 2021 - via Zoom

May 07, 2021, 7:00PM: Main Meeting - May 2021 - via Zoom

An Introduction to Creating Awesome Nightscape Images

Speaker : Don Selle

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Abstract – Over the past several years, we’ve all seen some awesome nightscape photos online, in various publications and even in television advertisements. Seeing these images, many of us are inspired to try to create our own awesome night sky images. With the right equipment, software, a little knowledge and a lot of practice and patience, you too can create your own awesome nightscape images

In this presentation, Don will share some of the essential tips and techniques you can use to improve your own nightscapes. These include equipment required to take good images as well as how to capture images in the field. Once the images are captured, the work is only half done, and Don will show you the basics of assembling and processing a finished image.


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Our Speaker – 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.

In 2008, with a new digital camera and fast lens in hand, Don took his first nightscape images of the Milky Way in Fort Davis TX. The images were pretty raw, but just good enough to instill hope that with practice the images would improve. With practice, and with the application of knowledge and techniques adapted from astro-photography, he has finally succeeded in creating high quality 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 nightscape and astro-photo.


Since we're still practicing safe social distancing, we will bring our May 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 Friday evening May 7th !

Joe Khalaf


Houston Astronomical Society

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