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.

M13 by Richard Bell
[IC 5146]
IC 5146 by Pete Mumbower
[Milky Way]
Milky Way by Eric Schreur

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 October and March. All meetings will be held on the video conferencing service Zoom and begin at 8pm ET. Download an app or plugin for nearly any device or browser from Zoom's download page. Those interested in attending the meetings can register using the links provided in the schedule below or on our Schedule of Events page. Once you register, you will receive a link and passcode. Special gatherings and workshops may be held during the summer months. These will be for KAS members only.

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!