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February 2001

February Meeting

February Meeting

Keith Allred,
Astrophoto SIG
Seattle Astronomical Society
Wednesday, February 21
7:30 p.m.

A-102 Physics-Astronomy Bldg.
University of Washington

Come early at 7 p.m. to visit with your fellow members.

Bring your slides for after the program.

SEATTLE Astronomical Society member Keith Allred will teach the basics in astrophotography and imaging at the February 21 meeting. Keith has been active in astrophotography since 1990 and in CCD imaging since 1995. He has made every mistake possible when trying to catch photons on film and silicon, so he knows what not to do. At present, he catches photons at his observatory in the high desert west of Bend, Oregon (see Sky & Telescope, February 2000).

Over the years, he has used a wide variety of equipment. Presently, he uses an Astrophysics 130 mm refractor and a 16-inch Richey Chretien mounted on an Astrophysics 1200 "goto" mount with the photons being registered with an Olympus OM 1 camera, a SBIG ST-8e CCD camera or a Finger Lakes SITe back illuminated CCD camera. Keith Allred is the SAS Astrophotography special internet group (SIG) leader.

His presentation at this month's meeting will give you the basic information you need to start astrophotography or CCD imaging, and for those of you who've already been at it for a while, Keith can show you the tricks he's learned. Bring your slides to share after the presentation.

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