Alaskan Bears and Astrophotography, September 7th, 2022

Our first meeting of the 2022-2023 season was held on the evening of Wednesday September 7th. This was a “hybrid” meeting with members attending at the Friends Meeting House and also joining via Zoom. Unfortunately our intended speakers were unable to come but at short notice two KPS members put together a pair of very contrasting presentations.

Simon Roberts has recently returned from a trip to Alaska which was almost entirely devoted to brown bears.

He was able to give us a fascinating insight into the life and behaviour of brown bears which was illustrated by a series of fantastic wildlife images. Such is the quality of the images, several have appeared in national newspapers since his return.

Observing the bears for long periods of time at close quarters (sometimes very close quarters!) he was able to observe and learn a lot about their behaviour, feeding routines and family dynamics. Simon is meticulous in trying to capture the “perfectly composed” image and this was evident in the photographs we saw.

Following the break, with a welcome, post Covid return of tea coffee and cakes Richard Jakobson gave his presentation on Deep Sky Astrophotography. He described how he has become fascinated by the taking and processing of images of objects, mainly nebulae, deep in our night sky.

Orion and Running Man Nebulae

Following the successful deployment of NASA’s Hubble telescope and more recently the James Webb Space Telescope many of us have be able to see the amazing and beautiful images from deep in our cosmos. Richard described how the amateur astrophotographer can take similar photographs from their back gardens.


Melotte 15 in the Heart Nebula

The facts and figures associated with such images are incredible. For example it took over 3,000 years for the light from the Garnet Star to travel and reach the sensor in Richard’s camera!

Garnet Nebula and Garnet Star

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