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Featured speakers at our general meetings cover a wide variety of topics to pique the interest of the membership at-large. However, more and more members have a growing interest in astrophotography, where the hobby of amateur astronomy meets the art of photography. This hobby within a hobby has grown dramatically over the past couple of decades thanks to digital cameras, specialized telescopes, precision mounts, and numerous other accessories and software. The time seems right for the KAS to form an Astrophotography Special Interest Group (AP-SIG) of its own.

All KAS members and even those from the general public that are interested in astrophotography are encouraged to participate and share their knowledge, so that we all may grow into better sky shooters! No experience or special equipment is required to participate. We plan to cover a wide variety of topics on all forms of astrophotography and at all skill levels.

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M42 by Richard Bell
[IC 1396]
IC 1396 by Dave & Matt Garten
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M33 by Pete Mumbower

Here is a brief list of benefits the new KAS Astrophotography SIG will have:
  • Sharing our most recent images.
  • Discuss/review the latest equipment.
  • Software tutorials/demonstrations.
  • Processing demonstrations and workshops.
  • Occasional talks by noted astrophotographers.
  • Joint meetings with other Astrophotography SIGs.

Meeting Times & Location

The KAS Astrophotography SIG meets on the third Friday of every month between September and May. Meetings will be held in room 1110 of Rood Hall, located at 2101 Wilbur Avenue on the main campus of Western Michigan University. Parking is free in Lot 61, the employee parking lot outside of Everett Tower and Rood Hall, after 6pm on Fridays. Admission is FREE! Special gatherings and workshops may be held during the summer months. These will be for KAS members only.

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Member Astrophotography Gallery

Many Kalamazoo Astronomical Society members have allowed us to share their best images of the universe in our Gallery. We hope to add several more pages in the future so please keep checking back!