Friday & Saturday, January 13 & 14, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Join our astronomers in the Crosby Observatory for a night full of wonder. Enjoy views of the celestial objects while you take in the glittering Orlando skyline. Our telescopes will expand your horizons to places like Jupiter, Mars and Venus and beyond. Admittance ends at 10:30 p.m. with viewing continuing until 11:00 p.m. for those already in the Crosby Observatory.
The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. This one-of-a-kind custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes, are available at selected times for solar and night sky viewing.
Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and double stars.
All activities and events in the Crosby Observatory are weather permitting only.
09 January 2012
Posted in SkyWatch
Do-it-Yourself planetary imaging using a standard point and shoot digital camera
January 13 & 14
7:00 pm until approximately 9:00 pm
Did you know you can take images of the planets, the moon, and other objects in the night such as the International Space Station with just a simple point and shoot camera or a camera phone like an iPhone? This workshop, presented by Derek Demeter, director of the Seminole State College Planetarium, will demonstrate how you can. This workshop also includes a chance for you (weather permitting) to use a digital camera to shoot one of several celestial objects in the night sky such as Jupiter or the moon. Also included in this workshop is a quick tutorial on how to use free software on the internet to process your images that are required to bring out detail and your images to life!
Digital cameras not provided. Please bring a camera you wish to use. Workshops are Free, but are limited to 15 students on a space available basis only. Registration and Orlando Science Center Admission required. Advance reservations are encouraged.
Registrations accepted on day of at the Registration Table only, in the Darden Theater Hallway on Level 2. Check-in at the Registration Table prior to your workshop.
Ever since Derek could remember, he has been looking to the stars. This constant fascination with astronomy gave him the inspiration he needed to soar through the many stellar journeys he has experienced throughout his life. While a student finishing his degrees in Physics and Technical Education he landed a position at the Seminole State College Planetarium in Sanford, Florida. Over much of the last decade, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him accolades and recognition from the planetarium industry, his peers, and the community.
He now works hard presenting programs to both the community at large and to students of all ages. Derek also promotes science beyond the planetarium with his appearances at many other venues such as the Harmony Dark Sky Festival, Cafe Science of Orlando, local libraries, the Central Florida Astronomical Society, and simply setting up a telescope at local shopping centers to give the public a truly "out-of-this world" experience.