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Hertford Astronomy Group

Astrophotography Section

All talks are held at the Stanboroughs Conservative Club, Conduit Lane, Hoddesdon EN11 (click for map) and start at 20:00 hrs unless otherwise stated.

Future talks:

Imaging and Processing Session - at Steve Heliczer’s home 4/05/18

Danny Emmett practical talk on Photoshop use. Date to be agreed.

Damien Peach talk on Planetary Astrophotography. 27/06/18.

Jaspal Chadha talk on Deepsky Astrophotography. Date to be agreed.

Watch this space!

If you have an interest in astro photography and are not sure where to start then HAGAS will be the place for you.  All members are welcome to come along to HAGAS meetings - just let Martin know.

HAG members are from varied backgrounds. Photography is a past time exercised by certain members mostly in isolation from each other. The intention of this group is to share knowledge of the subject with fellow enthusiasts, with and without telescopes

Members are at varying levels of photography, from not tried a photograph complete novice, to those who are actively producing results.

To help particularly experienced members, Photographic Workshops can be arranged with outside sources to expand knowledge, this may spur on novice members to move up the ladder.

My hope is to allow members to share and advise experiences to each other to promote understanding of this vast and varied subject.


Denis O'Shea

The booklet below can be obtained through FAS, as members we can purchase for £1.00 each.

ALL FAS BOOKLETS £1 +P&P each for members, £2 +P&P for non-members


If required please advise Tony Challoner who will make a group application to FAS.

As individually you would need email & password details.


Email Tony


The Sky at Night also have a very good publication available at newsagents now £7.99 each.




Photographing the Night Sky

The Stargazer’s Starter Guide To

Photographing the Night Sky

 “So you have been thumbing through the magazines and surfing the Internet and been blown away by images from The Hubble Space telescope and other sources. You now want to produce images like these. Well, the simple answer is – you can’t, unless you have the wherewithall to send your own telescope up into space. However, don’t let that put you off, because even with quite simple equipment very good photographs of celestial objects can be achieved.”


ALL FAS BOOKLETS £1 +P&P each for members, £2 +P&P for non-members

If you wish to purchase any FAS publications then you can do this via our online ordering system. This allows you to pay online (via Paypal and all major cards) and via cheque. FAS member societies will need their MARS credentials for the discount prices.


Four intrepid members of HAGAS recently drove across Spain to visit an excellent astronomy hosting facility known as Entre Encinas y Estrellas (e-EyE) near Seville. Anthony Challoner, Martin Weston, Denis O'Shea and Stephen Heliczer spent a few nights under crystal-clear skies at this quite unique observing facility as well as sampling the wonderful local food, drink and picturesque scenery in this completely unspoilt part of southern Spain. Speak to Steve or anyone above for further information.  One of the benefits of joining Hertford Astronomy Group is the opportunity for extra-curricular activities such as this!

Here’s a link to an interesting set of resources if you are contemplating trying some astrophotography and want to do a bit of background reading.

Cameras for Stargazing: A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography

By: Don Stephens

Steve Heliczer’s pictures

Tim Schafer’s pictures

Martin Weston’s pictures

Lots more pictures