Getting Started with Astronomy | #048

Orion Nebula, photographer Josh Palmer

Last Updated on February 19, 2020 by Tim Harman

On this week’s episode, we’re diving into astrophotography! If that sounds a little too audacious, give this episode a listen. We’ve brought in amateur astrophotographer (and loyal You can, man. listener) Josh Palmer, to give us the low-down on how to get outside and best observe the night sky. He also walks us through the affordable gear required to eventually start taking photos of the wondrous celestial bodies that surround our planet.

Check out some of Josh’s astrophotography!


Josh also closes us out with a bonus segment of his own; International Space Station trivia!

ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Luca Parmitano is pictured tethered to the International Space Station while finalizing thermal repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a dark matter and antimatter detector, during a spacewalk that lasted 6 hours and 16 minutes.
Image credit: NASA

Some helpful links:

Josh Palmer’s Astrophotography Page
Roper Mountain Astronomers in Greenville, SC
Spot the Station (International Space Station)  / Email Alerts 
Find a local astronomy club 
Getting started in astronomy 

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