Refreshments served at 3:30 PM
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Sigma Xi Research Society, and the Physics Department present
John A Davis
Texas Astronomical Society
Astrophotography (photographing celestial objects) is a kind of magic whereby science provides the means for the artist/scientist to capture detailed images of objects millions of miles or millions of light years away. Indeed, most of these objects cannot even be seen -- not even with a telescope! But through the "magic" of CCD technology, computer processing, and modern optics, incredible images of space can be captured by amateurs with relatively inexpensive gear.
This Colloquium presentation will provide an overview of the various techniques and gear used by the astrophotographer to image different types of objects. Techniques include everything from using a simple camera on a tripod to capture star trails, to a robotically controlled remote observatory to capture images that rival the Hubble Space Telescope.
At the start of the colloquium there will be a brief dedication ceremony for the poster which denotes the location of Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun in a scale model of the solar system. Like the rest of the solar system model, it was created by the Gruppo Astrofili di Piacenza, but the rest of the model is located in a park in Piacenza, Italy. The poster, mounted outside Kusch Auditorium is just the latest evidence that UTD is a stellar university and the lone star in Texas!See website for more information
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