Photography workshop focuses on astronomy


KEARNEY – A photography workshop for those interested in astronomy, sky pollution, motions of the sky and techniques used to capture land-based images is being offered at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The free astrophotography workshop is for novice photographers and open to the public.

“We will not be taking Hubble quality images, but you should come away with some nice images – and a basic understanding of astronomy and the science behind imaging,” said chair of UNK’s Department of Physics and Physical Science Ken Trantham, who is teaching the classes with astronomer Mark Urwiller.

The tentative class schedule and topics include:
March 21 – Introduction and basic timed photography
March 24 – Constellations, star trails and sky glow
March 29 – Jupiter
April 1 – Quarter moon
April 15 – Total lunar eclipse
April 19 – Sun and sun spots
April 26 – M81/82, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars
May 1 – Computer processing and stacking

The schedule is tentative, and adjustments will be made based on weather forecasts. Workshop locations will vary depending on the subject, with some locations being as far as 20 miles outside of Kearney.

Participants must own a digital SLR camera with a basic lens and ability to use manual/shutter release mode. Telephoto lenses are not required.

To register, send an email to with the subject line “Astrophotography @ UNK” and include the following information: name, photography experience and camera model.

Deadline to register is March 14. Enrollment is limited to between 10 and 15 people.

Source: Ken Trantham, 308.865.8278,
Writer: Todd Gottula, 308.865.8454,


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