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Main program speaker: Justin McCollum Topic: Stellarium (details).
Join us at 6:30 pm for our novice talk and 7:30 pm for our main presentation!

October Virtual Meeting – via Zoom

Jamie Published on October 8, 2021

NHAC Virtual Monthly Meeting, Friday, October 22nd. Please join us via Zoom!

This month we will use higher security to discourage unwanted visitors

There will be a wait in the entry room and Zoom will track problem participants.

Please be sure your Zoom name identifies who you are!

Topic: October NHAC Novice and General Meetings
Time: Oct 22, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 893 6846 0059
Passcode: 702372

6:30pm Novice Talk

Presented by Rob Brayton – come and learn more about astronomy.


7:30pm Main Presentation


Andy Campbell, an amazing Australian astrophotographer will present Wonders of the Universe Exposed!



Wonders of the Universe Exposed!

Astronomy enthusiasts and Astrophotographers are fascinated by ethereal images of Nebulae and the Milky Way but are often limited to standard approaches, composition and target selections when creating their own images.

Drawing inspiration from NASA, Fine Art and Popular Culture, Andy Campbell, one of Australia’s best astrophotographers takes you on a stellar tour of the Southern Skies and how you too can learn to creatively photograph these Deep Space Objects invisible to the human eye through long exposures and late nights under the stars in your backyard.

Creative astrophotography involves more than just having expensive equipment and the latest software. Intuition, research, subject knowledge and dedication to succeed can mean the difference between an APOD worthy image or a complete failure. During Andy’s presentation dive into some of the best practices he has learnt for suburban narrowband imaging, from
researching unique target selection with galaxy maps and scientific resources, to equipment and processing methods.

Andy’s one hour multimedia presentation includes step by step examples of his Award and APOD winning Deep Space Images and covers a broad range of subtopics including…

  • Narrowband Imaging of Emission Nebulae
  • Wide Field Mosaics
  • Wolf-Rayet Stars and Planetary Nebulas
  • Paradolia (and why it’s important)

With a career spanning over three decades Andy’s photographic knowledge is extensive and his presentations are always well received as they are interwoven with humour, references to
popular culture, Paradolia, UFO’s, science fiction and a little bit of Star Trek.

Andy Campbell is a Grand Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography and a Master Photographer
of the WPPI (USA).

Andy’s obsession began in 2012 when a friend donated him an old Newtonian telescope. Andy was immediately intrigued by the possibility of attaching a camera and photographing the heavens. This soon led to purchasing several serious telescopes and an equatorial mount with a cooled mono astronomical camera with LRGB & NB filters. He cautiously tells his wife that his hobby is cheaper than having a boat!

In 2015 Andy was thrilled honoured to win the Deep Sky Section of the Prestigious CWAS “David Malin Awards”, Australia’s premier astrophotography competition, judged by the legendary
world renowned Astrophotographer David Malin himself.

Andy’s images have been published by NASA as APOD on six occasions, from 2016-2019 and he had images shortlisted in the 2019 and 2020 Royal Greenwich IAPOTY competition.

Andy was also named the 2015 & 2016 AIPP Australian Science Photographer of the Year, and the AIPP Victorian Science Photographer of the Year 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Recognised by his peers as a discerning judge of photography, Andy has judged at the state and national awards for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) for the last
24 years consecutively.
Press articles & presentation photos.