Astrophotography Section

Section Director: Martin Heigan
Activity areas: Astrophotography, Video-astrophotography
Specialists & Collaborators: Dale Liebenberg, Brett du Preez, Hannes Pieterse, Jerome Jooste, Kos Coronaios, Martin Lyons, Gary Els, Neil Viljoen
Contact us: [ ]
ASSA Photo Gallery: Astrophoto Gallery
Archives: Image of the Month archives,  AstroSocSA on Flickr

Astrophotography Challenges

The Astrophotography Section of ASSA regularly challenges its members to capture specific images. To see the current challenge, or see how people did in earlier challenges, click here.

Share your own photographs

Photographers are invited to share their images with the ASSA Astrophotography Section. All images will be added to the ASSA Image Archive, which can be browsed on the Gallery page.  Send an e-mail to [ ] containing a description of the equipment used, settings, a description of the processing process, and any other relevant information.  Don’t forget to also describe target, and include the image as an attachment.  Make sure that the image is as high a quality as you can fit in an email, so as to best show off your work!

Join Us

We do most of our communication through our mailing list.  You can view the archives of the ASSA Astrophotography list (or set your membership options) by visiting the admin page. You can also send a subscription request directly by sending a blank email to the list and following the instructions that will be sent to your inbox. This is a moderated group, meaning that all messages must be approved by the list managers.  This means that there may be a delay before your messages are seen on the list, but it does guarantee that you will receive no spam, that messages will remain on topic, and that discussions will remain civil.

Understand Astrophotography

If you have never taken photos of the night sky, or would like to understand the processes behind astrophotography, we are busy working on a Guide to Astrophotography

Awards and Certificates

Every year, the section director has the option of recognising the efforts of South African astrophotographers by bestowing awards and certificates.  To see who the past winners have been, click here.

FInd out more

  • Getting started in astrophotography
  • Video-astrophotography
  • Earth-and-sky
  • Planets
  • Sun
  • Moon
  • Deep-sky

External resources

  • QCUIAG Yahoo Group: An international group of astronomers producing astronomical images with unconventional electronic imaging devices such as modified webcams, video surveillance cameras and digital cameras.
  • The Astro Imaging Channel: Weekly Astrophotography tutorials and discussions.
  • A random APOD!