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The next PAS meeting is Friday March 9, 2018

7:30 pm, Room 5015, Foothill College

"Astrophotography with Hyperstar" by Joe Lin of Google

I'd like to offer an introduction to astrophotography with a special emphasis on Hyperstar, a technique to produce stunning images of celestial objects in seconds instead of minutes. I'll cover my progression from basic DSLR night photography to deep sky imaging with Hyperstar and the many lessons learned along the way. Whether you have no experience in astrophotography or want to push the boundaries of what’s possible, I hope to inspire everyone to capture the beauty of our night sky.

      Joe Lin’s Bio:  I'm a Bay Area native working at Google who was introduced to astronomy by my father at a young age. I have fond memories of visiting Foothill Observatory where I waited patiently in line for a quick peek at once in lifetime celestial events Comet Hale Bopp and the 2003 Mars opposition. I later attended UC Davis where my favorite subjects include diving into Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Once I started working, I became a passionate amateur astronomer, learning how explore the night sky with a telescope. More recently, I've been experimenting with many techniques in astrophotography, taking photos of nightscapes and celestial wonders. I'm happy to share experiences and help other beginning or intermediate photographers with improving their skills.

Next Speaker in April 2018 -- please check back for details.      

 Location: Foothill College room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5
Bring $3 for a parking permit, and please avoid parking in STAFF spaces



The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. One thing that we all have in common is an interest in the sky.

The PAS holds meetings on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA (between San Jose and Palo Alto).  The meetings are usually held in Room 5015, next to Parking Lot 5 (see map). Each meeting features a speaker (or speakers) bringing us up to date on different topics in astronomy. The public is welcome to attend these meetings; there is no charge to attend.  Note, however, that there is a $3 charge for parking - visitor parking permits are available from the machines in the parking lots.  Please do not park in spaces marked "Staff" - you will be ticketed!

As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, the Peninsula Astronomical Society operates the Foothill College Observatory (click here for more information). The Observatory is staffed by members of the society who volunteer to conduct the regularly scheduled public programs.

In addition to operating the Foothill Observatory, the PAS has its own observatory in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. This location has AC power and room for members to set up their own telescopes at our monthly star parties. This site is also the home of the society's 12" telescope, available for member use after a checkout.

For informaton about membership in the PAS, click here.



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