Irish Astrophotography Exhibition November 2018

1 year 5 months ago #107014 by michael_murphy
Irish Astrophotography Exhibition November 2018 was created by michael_murphy
You are invited to submit an image to go on national display at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin next November 2018!

Following the very successful "Images of Starlight" photo exhibition in February 2016 we intend to organise a similar astronomy photo exhibition in time for Science Week next November.

"Images of Starlight - 2018" is another opportunity for astrophotographers in Ireland to showcase their work and present a new collection of images of the cosmos at the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin Dublin. As before, it is a collaboration between the Irish Astronomical Society ( www.irishastrosoc.org ) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies ( www.irishastronomy.org ). We expect a considerable level of interest from the public and from the media. On the last occasion, we had more than 8000 visitors, coverage in the Press and on RTE Radio and TV. See: here

The Details

The exhibition will begin during Science Week and will run from November 11th until December 2nd. We will be able to display up to 60 framed images in the available exhibition space at the National Botanic Gardens. The exhibition will be staffed by volunteers to help interpret the images for members of the public. We also hope to incorporate additional items like presenting examples of telescopes, large format poster displays and more.

The Criteria
Your photo can be submitted in digital or printed format. The following are guidelines:

1. Digital prints must be at 300dpi and in its largest format aspect ratio.
2. TIFF format is preferred, or high resolution (300dpi) JPEG is also allowed (RGB or CMYK is acceptable).
3. Physical prints must be of a high quality (uncurled or folded) and can have a gloss or matte finish. Do not send mounted prints.
4. All photos will be fitted, landscape or portrait format, in an A3 mount and frame, and therefore may be subjected to a minimum amount of cropping, if necessary.
5. All images submitted must have the following details attached:
  • Image Title:
  • Location
  • Date Captured:
  • Telescope or lens used:
  • Cameras used:
  • Exposure(s):
  • Techniques and software:


Interested?

Images can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as an attachment (please do not include off-site links to images).

CLOSING DATE
All considerations must be received by Friday, September 28th, 2018.

Please Note
  1. If submitting a printed photo, it cannot be returned. Images supplied DO NOT become the property of the Irish Astronomical Society or the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies, and copies and prints will be discarded after the exhibition (unless otherwise stated, whereupon the photographer will be contacted accordingly).
  2. Images will be selected by a committee on the basis of presenting the best-balanced collection of 60 images for the general public. The committee's selection decision will be final.
  3. Photos submitted may become part of any promotional campaign to be used in print format and in online news sources and social media specific to this exhibition.
  4. The organisers and their affiliated clubs (IAS, IFAS, or other) are not responsible for lost postal submissions, lost or misdirected emails (an autoresponder will confirm your email's arrival), or incorrect information supplied.

Want to help out?
The exhibition itself will be manned by volunteers from day to day. Do you think you would like to give a day of your time to act as a sort of exhibition administrator and tour guide? Then please let us know!

Good luck, and thank you,

Michael Murphy,
IFAS Chairperson
(and sent on behalf of the Irish Astronomical Society).

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1 year 3 months ago #107072 by Kinch
Hi Michael,

Attempting to send a couple of images - but the email system just cannot handle these large TIFF files. I think we had this problem before.....only thing I can think of to put the images on something like DropBox for downloading at other end. (I know you said no links.....but what to do!)

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1 year 3 months ago #107073 by michael_murphy
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Hi Brendan,

Send the Dropbox links for now. I'll see John Dolan on Monday and will discuss with him then.

Thanks,

Michael.

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1 year 3 months ago #107078 by Bruno
No problem Brendan, Images and related information received OK.
Thanks
John

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1 year 3 months ago #107083 by Kinch
Thanks John.

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1 year 1 month ago #107176 by richardsweeney
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​​Hi, i was hoping to send some images in .tif format but i can send max 25mb file size. Google drive allows upload then creates a link for you to download the image. Is this acceptable or is there another way?

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Richard.

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1 year 1 month ago #107178 by Bruno
Hi Richard,
Thats OK just send the link for Google Drive. Thanks for the image.
Regards
John

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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #107197 by Bruno
There are two months to go until the closing date on Friday, September 28th, 2018. Many thanks to those photographers who have already submitted images. Standard looks excellent.

Remember its a showcase of astrophotography to help promote Irish astronomy, we will try to exhibit as many images as possible. As well as the sixty or so framed images on the available wall space we intend to put on a computer slideshow of all images received.

Let's hope we do even better than last time when we had more than 8000 visitors within three weeks at the same venue and good media coverage RTE News

John

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1 year 1 month ago #107199 by R Newman
Hi John. Did you possibly get my Noctilucent Cloud photos last May 2nd? Will be giving my talk on the subject to the Irish Astronomical Society either late this year or early next year.

BTW: I recently saw your own website...some lovely photos there, well done.

Ronan

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1 year 1 month ago #107200 by Bruno
Hi Ronan, Yes we got those on May 2nd. I hope you received a confirmation email. Thanks very much for sending them in. Looking forward to your talk.
Clear skies
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1 year 2 days ago #107281 by Bruno
There are just two weeks until the closing date on Friday, September 28th, 2018. Make sure to get your images in. Many thanks to those astrophotographers who have already submitted images. Standard looks excellent.

Remember its a showcase of astrophotography to help promote Irish astronomy, we will exhibit as many images as possible in frames. As well as the sixty or so framed images on the available wall space we intend to put on a computer slideshow of all images received.

Images can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as an attachment.

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1 year 2 days ago #107283 by johnomahony
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Thanks John
I've emailed three images to you. Hopefully they were received OK as the file size is quite large.

John

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1 year 2 days ago #107284 by Bruno
No problem got all three images, John.
Many thanks
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11 months 3 weeks ago - 11 months 3 weeks ago #107296 by Bruno
Last call for submitting images to the "Images of Starlight 2018" exhibition. The closing date is this Friday the 28th September.

Clear skies
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10 months 2 weeks ago - 10 months 2 weeks ago #107402 by Bruno
Hi All,
Many thanks to all astrophotographers who submitted images for the exhibition. As you know it is a showcase of our work and all the images will be on display as part of a looped presentation on screen at the exhibition. We selected sixty framed images arranged by category on the available wall space. The categories are a) Widefield, b) Clusters, c) Galaxies, d) Nebula, e) Moon, f) Solar, g) Earth Sky. Please note there are many excellent images which were not framed but will be presented on screen. The astrophotographers whose images are framed are listed below.
We will set up the exhibition in the coming week to open on Sunday 11th November. It will be open from 10am to 4pm every day until Sunday 2nd December. Also remember there will be a focus on light pollution with a special display stand organised by www.darksky.ie and a public talk by Professor Brian Espey about light pollution on Sat 1st Dec at 2 pm at the same venue. There will be a presentation by myself about getting started in astrophotography on Sat 24th Nov at 2 pm. Weather permitting there will also be a public stargazing event within the grounds of the National Botanic Gardens on Thursday 15 November from 6pm until 9pm.

We hope this event will foster more interest in astronomy among the public and attract more members to our clubs.

The list of photographers which have framed images are:

Adam Jeffers
Alan Mahon
Andy McCrea
Anthony Lynch
Bernie Brown
Brendan Kinch
Brian Wilson
Carl O'Beirne
Ciaran O'Donnell
David Fottrell
Deirdre Kelleghan
Derek Buckley
Mark Trapnell
Ian Carruthers
John Dolan
John McKeon
John O'Mahony
John O'Neill
Kevin Smith
Martin Cambell
Michael Cassidy
Paul Byrne
Paul Evans
Richard Sweeney
Ronan Newman
Samuel Bleyen
Tom O'Donoghue

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9 months 3 weeks ago - 9 months 3 weeks ago #107430 by Bruno
We have already had thousands of visitors. The "Images of Starlight" exhibition closes on Sunday 2nd December. Make sure you get to see these sixty spectacular images in the coming week. There is also a display from Dark Sky Ireland on Light Pollution and a talk on how to protect our night sky from further light pollution by Prof. Brian Espey on Saturday 1st December at 2 pm. See the Exhibition here:

www.facebook.com/irishastrosoc/videos/2160258814237192/

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9 months 2 weeks ago - 9 months 2 weeks ago #107434 by richardsweeney
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I went up last Saturday and it was fantastic to see such impressive images, wonderful setup and obvious how much work went into it. Congratulations John and all involved.

It was a pity i didn't get to meet you as you were giving a talk at the time, however i met your lovely star widow who by the sounds of it would have plenty in common with my other half. I also had a quick chat with Val who seemed more than a little annoyed that Brexit had stolen RTE's attention.

Congratulations on a great success and thanks for bringing Astrophotography to the publics attention.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #107435 by johnomahony
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I went to see the exhibition on its opening day. It is very well done and indeed a lot of effort went into organising and setting up the whole thing. Well done John and the organising team!

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9 months 2 weeks ago #107438 by Kinch
I have not been able to get to the exhibition but at the same time, want to add my thanks, along with Richard & John, to the whole team that put all this together. Let's not forget those in attendance daily to assist the public and answer their questions. It really is a team effort and so sorry I could not 'lend a hand'.

A special thanks to John Dolan who is the driving force (as far as I can see) behind all this. I am sure the various clubs will reap some reward from your efforts - perhaps the exhibition will travel as did the last one.



Brendan.

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9 months 1 week ago #107441 by Bruno
Thanks for the kind comments, Richard, John and Brendan.

So we came to the end of another successful exhibition yesterday and took it down today. During the three weeks, visitors expressed their interest and appreciation for the photography on many occasions. The team were able to explain and discuss various aspects of the night sky through the photos which enhanced the visitor experience and it certainly demonstrated once again the curiosity and appetite among the general public for anything astronomy-related. Although it was hard work the team had a lot of fun and satisfaction dealing with visitors. Lets hope it encourages people to take up astronomy and maybe even bring more astrophotographers to our attention in future.

The addition of the display boards explaining the light pollution problem in Ireland was new this year and it attracted a lot of public interest. So much so that we ran out of the International Dark Sky brochures before the exhibition finished. The light pollution talk by Prof. Brian Espey was also well attended.

We were lucky with the weather for the Stargazing night at the Botanic Gardens and the event went very well. The event advertised capacity for 150 places and it was booked out in two hours on Eventbrite.

Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. First a big thanks to the photographers whose efforts made the whole event possible. And a special thanks to the project team and volunteers who were involved in the hard work of planning and staffing of the exhibition and supporting the stargazing event. The focus on light pollution would not have been possible without the help of DarkSkyIreland, Albert White and Brian Espey and we appreciate their support.

We must also thank our hosts the Botanic Gardens and thanks again to Canon Ireland for their help with printing and the frames.

Ian Carruthers captured this great photo during the Stargazing event.

John
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