Introduction to Astrophotography

03 April 2016

10:00 - 16:00

Marwell Hotel, Hampshire
Marwell Hotel
Thompsons Lane
Colden Common
United Kingdom
SO21 1JY

Tel:01962 777681

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RPS Member£30.00
Non RPS Member£45.00
Information pack (PDF, 48.8 KB) →

Introduction to Astrophotography


with Dr. Lilian Hobbs LRPS


In this session Lilian will introduce you to the world of astrophotography. She will show you how to photograph the stars and constellations, the moon, a comet that should be visible in April, meteors and bright galaxies using your DSLR or video camera or even a GoPro and with equipment which you may already own.

Many of us may have a small telescope hiding in a cupboard somewhere, Lilian will show you how to attach your camera to that telescope or spotting scope and image the moon or the bright planets like Jupiter which will be well placed in April.


Moon Runway © Dr. Lilian Hobbs LRPS


Astrophotography isn’t all about night time work, it includes the sun as well. Lilian will show you how to safely photograph the sun and the transit of Mercury across the sun in May.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is Astrophotography
  • Photographing the Night Sky Part 1
  • Photographing the Night Sky Part 2 
  • The Moon
  • Bright Galaxies using your DSLR
  • Planets using a small telescope
  • Solar photography including eclipses
  • What’s next, I am hooked, a peek at Advanced techniques


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M1 Crab Nebula © Dr. Lilian Hobbs LRPS


About the Speaker

Dr. Lilian Hobbs LRPS has been an astrophotographer for over 40 years, she is currently President of the Southampton Astronomical Society and her observatory has been featured on the BBC Sky at Night.

Lilian is the author of  the ETX telescope book and a regular speaker to local astronomy groups.  Her astronomy photos can be seen at


Other Information

Free tea, coffee and cold drink refreshments, along with snacks will be served.

Lunch is not included in the price, so please bring your own, or pre-order directly with Marwell Hotel.

Free parking on site.

Opening times

Marwell Hotel is open 24 hours. The doors open to this event at 09:30am and we will aim to start for 10am.

Cancellation policy

Bookings must be made in advance. Please inform The Society as early as possible if you have to cancel your attendance. We are unable to refund your payment less than fourteen days beforehand.

Hearing and access requirements

Full disabled access with wheelchair ramps. How to get there? • Close to M3 J11 and M27 J5 or J7 by car • Southampton Airport: 10 minutes • Eastleigh train station: 10 minutes • Winchester train station: 15 minutes Extensive free on-site parking, plus overflow car park

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