Join Nantucket's own Charity Grace Mofsen and the MMA's Telescope Engineer and Astronomer, Gary Walker, for an exciting dive into the world of astrophotography. Astrophotography is the use of photography in astronomy – the photographing of celestial objects and phenomena. Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, modern astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Classes will start with cell phones and DSLR's and progress to the RC24 inch telescope at Loines Observatory. The Advanced Astrophotography Course will be held during a four week program.
The class is scheduled from 7-8pm at the Maria Mitchell Association Research Center, followed by an imaging session at the Loines Observatory at 59 Milk Street, starting at 10 pm. Dates and prices for the Astrophotography class are as follows; please visit the MMA Calendar for additional information:
Session One: July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
Session Two: August 11th, 18th, 25th, and September 1st
Island photographer, Charity Grace Mofsen, captures Nantucket in all its glory – In Light and At Night. With a particular affinity for astrophotography, she believes there is always Light, if you have eyes to see it. From fine art landscapes to fun portrait sessions and creative product photography, she finds joy sharing her love of Nantucket with the hope that others will also cherish the island’s natural beauty. Recently featured in Framebridge’s “Black Artist Spotlight,” her work speaks to our connection to the cosmos. Describing her style as meditative, Charity Grace highlights the beauty of the island’s contrasts – the solitude of the off-season and the joy of summer, the colors of the Light and the wisdom of the Night.
Telescope engineer, Gary Walker, joined the staff of the MMA in July 2007 as a consultant. He has over fifty years of experience as a telescope engineer and astronomer. Gary is past CCD Chairperson, Secretary, and President of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. He retired as Director of Engineering of Navigation Products for Northrop-Grumman Corporation where he enjoyed a thirty year career. Gary was deeply involved in the selection of the Association’s RC-24 inch and CDK17 Telescopes in 2007/2008. He was the first amateur to submit a CCD and sCMOS Observations to AAVSO and has over 111,000 variable star observations.
The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.