Photographing Galaxies: My Learning Journey


Presented on ZOOM New Year Lecture January 8 at 7pm

Galaxies present a unique challenge to town dwellers. Amateur astronomers can’t use narrowband filters to shut out light pollution or use ordinary techniques as they would in dark, open fields. As one can imagine, this discrepancy with light means not everyone who looks up at the night sky is capable of seeing all it has to offer. What a shame!

Jane Clark, however, has spent two years going down blind alleys trying to get a technique to work to combat the amateur astronomer’s biggest enemy, light pollution.

Jane will go through a case study to show just what amateurs can discover about galaxies from their own back gardens.

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Presented on ZOOM New Year Lecture January 8 at 7pm




Jane Clark is a retired British amateur astronomer who earned her living as an engineering physicist. She has a Ph.D. in physics and an MBA from Warwick University. She completed 2 years of postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio before returning to the UK to begin an industrial career. She became interested in both astronomy and photography as a teenager in the 1970s, photography much more seriously, although as her career progressed and family commitments increased, both interests lapsed. She acquired a telescope in 2006, shortly after completing her MBA, and quickly became hooked on observing. This experience made her realize that astronomy is a lot more fun than business administration. In 2017 she achieved her ambition of having an observatory in her back yard. She is a member of Bristol, Cardiff and Newtown Astronomical Societies; and was a founder member of West Norfolk Astronomy Society. Jane gives talks to astronomy clubs, and other societies as diverse as the cub scouts, the University of the Third Age, and church wives’ groups.

She has a contract from Springer to write a book: Photographing Galaxies from Light Polluted Skies. The manuscript submission date is May 31 2024.