Announcing a digital imaging course concentrating on Solar System Objects (ie, Moon and planets). We will use ASEM resources (telescope(s) and camera(s)) and free software to learn how to take high resolution images of the Moon and planets. There will be three two-hour classroom sessions on the third Tuesday of July, August and September 2010. In between the classroom sessions will be as many "lab" sessions as the weather will permit at the telescope(s) in Broemmelsiek Park for hands-on experience and actual image acquisition. The first two-hour classroom session on July 20th will cover the overall view of the activity with hardware and software demonstrations. CDs with all the free software needed for the course (and continuing individual imaging) will be given out. Subsequent classroom sessions will examine the data captured by students in the "lab" sessions at the telescope(s), provide help with the processing, share experiences and plan for future targets, etc.
There are no stringent prerequisites to take the course and no equipment of your own needed except maybe a USB drive to carry home your data. You will want access to a computer to process the images you will be taking. ASEM members may post their images to a personal section of the ASEM web site.
Classroom sessions will be held at the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Attendance at the first classroom session is mandatory, and no one will be permitted to join the labs at the telescope(s) or subsequent classroom meetings who has not participated in the first one. Participation will be limited to 10 (the course will probably be repeated if demand is high). The course is FREE and open to the public - but ASEM members will be given preference. Email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
The telescopes to be used include the 10-in LX-200 and, if we can get it modified in time, the 16-in Jones-Bird. We might be able to use personal telescopes.
We will use cameras that capture video sequences for processing (webcams and the like).
Software to be used include:
Virtual Moon Atlas (for planning)
Craterlet (for camera control)
AVIStack and Registax (for image processing)