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March 15, 2023, 6:00 PM, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

“Cell Phone Astrophotography”


Michael Weasner

If you would like to be able to capture images of celestial objects using a telescope and don’t have special astrophotography equipment, or do have equipment but would also like to have the option of being able to capture images quickly and easily on the fly, SFAA has you covered. Please join us on March 15, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., when SFAA will welcome Michael Weasner for a fascinating deep dive into the amazing capabilities of ordinary cell phones for inexpensive, ultra-portable, and surprisingly realistic astrophotography. A long time amateur astronomer and prominent dark-sky advocate, Michael not only has extensive personal experience with smart phone astrophotography but has also written and lectured widely on the subject. The lecture will be presented via an interactive Zoom meeting with opportunities for questions and answers.

Brief Bio

Michael Weasner is a noted and active amateur astronomer. He was born and raised in southern Indiana, where his love of astronomy began. Michael has won several awards for his astronomy and dark sky preservation outreach. He is the star of an Emmy-nominated TV show and is a recipient of the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal. In addition to writing and lecturing on astronomy-related subjects, including cell phone astrophotography, he is the author of Using the Meade ETX: 100 Objects and Finding My Way to the Stars. He currently lives in southern Arizona with his wife, Laurraine, and their cat, Cato, and spends clear nights viewing the Universe from his observatory.

How to Attend

Connect starting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 15th by clicking this Zoom meeting link:

Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting. If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 958 3090 4603 and password 116064 to join the meeting.

Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other meeting participants.

Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video.

"Doors Open" at 5:30pm and the lecture will start promptly at 6:00pm.

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