Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting

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Online Public

Type: Astrophotography Sig

Held on: Jan 09, 2024 (Tue) at 07:15 PM to Jan 09, 2024 (Tue) at 09:00 PM

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Speaker: Tom Field

Event Coordinator: Matt Dahl

Overview

Topic: Spectroscopy with Tom Field from Field Tested Systems

 

This group meets online to discuss imaging and processing techniques. No experience or special equipment required! Open to the general public.

Please email event coordinator Matt at m_dahl@mac.com for the link to this meeting.

Meets second Tuesday of the month online via Zoom.

More Information

“You can almost touch the stars – An Introduction to Astronomical Spectroscopy”

Even if you wanted to touch a star, they’re all impossibly distant. In spite of these great distances, astronomers have learned an enormous amount about stars. How? The most common method to study the stars is called spectroscopy, which is the science of analyzing the colorful rainbow spectrum produced by a prism-like device.

Until recently, spectroscopy was too expensive and too complicated for all but a handful of amateurs. Today, though, new tools make spectroscopy accessible to almost all of us. You no longer need a PhD, dark skies, long exposures, enormous aperture ... or a big budget! With your current telescope and FITS camera (or a simple web cam or even a DSLR without a telescope) you can now easily study the stars yourself. Wouldn’t you like to detect the atmosphere on Neptune or the red shift of a quasar right from your own backyard?!

This talk, with lots of interesting examples, will show you what it’s all about and help you understand how spectroscopy is used in research. Even if you are an armchair astronomer, understanding this field will enhance your understanding of the things your read and the night sky. We’ll do a live Q&A after Tom’s 45-minute presentation.

Speaker Bio: Tom Field is was a Contributing Editor at Sky & Telescope Magazine for ten years. He is the founder of Field Tested Systems and the author of the RSpec software (www.rspec-astro.com) which received the S&T “Hot Product” award. A pioneer in the field of amateur astronomical spectroscopy, Tom aims to demystify field and make it accessible to all. He promises to open the door for you to this fascinating field!

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Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting starts shortly on Jan 09 (Tue) at 07:15 PM.

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Astrophotography Special Interest Group Meeting (astrophotography sig event) is scheduled for Jan 09, 2024, 07:15 PM. Please come out and join us!

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