November Meeting

by John Church, Program Chair

Our speaker for the November 9th meeting will be Jerry Lodriguss, amateur astronomer and astrophotographer par excellence for more than 40 years. The title of Jerry’s talk will be “Secrets of DSLR Astrophotography.”  He will talk about using your DSLR camera to photograph the most amazing show in the universe – the night sky. He will explain how to get started with very simple and easy methods such as a camera on a fixed tripod and advance to more sophisticated techniques such as stacking and narrowband hydrogen-alpha imaging. Secrets will be revealed. These include: determining the correct exposure, focusing with Live View, and correcting the color balance in the camera.

Jerry first became interested in astronomy at the age of seven when he looked through a “spyglass” at the Moon and was amazed to see that it had craters. He discovered his love for photography when he was 17 years old, when he bought a camera to take pictures through his homemade 10-inch reflecting telescope.

Jerry’s professional photography career began in 1974 while working part-time shooting high school sports for $5 per picture at a small suburban weekly newspaper in New Orleans. He has worked for the Associated Press, United Press International, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. From 1987 until 2009 he worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer as their staff sports photographer.  An ardent Phillies fan, Jerry and the rival Yankee fans in this area share their mutual disappointment that their respective teams couldn’t meet in the World Series this year.

Today, Jerry is an author and photographer who has written for Sky and Telescope, Astronomy and other magazines. His astronomical photographs have also appeared in books and publications all over the world. He has written and published four books:

  • Photoshop for Astrophotographers
  • Catching the Light – A Beginners Guide to the Wonders of the Cosmos
  • A Guide to Astrophotography with Digital SLR Cameras
  • A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Astrophotography

Visit Jerry’s website at www.astropix.com for more information.

There will be a “Meet the Speaker” dinner at the Triumph Brewing Company on Nassau Street, beginning at 6:00 PM before the meeting.  For reservations, please contact John Church via email by no later than 6:00 PM on Monday, Nov. 8th so that a table can be reserved.   (Note: this is earlier than usual due to travel arrangements.)

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