The Phorum



30th November 2017
An Evening of Astro-photography with 
Dr Lillian Hobbs.
Our Phorum this month was a very different affair.
For those of us who managed to brave a very cold evening and get to our 
much warmer room in Nursling Village Hall the evening turned out to be 
a real treat.
After a short introduction about her life as an avid amateur astronomer 
and photographer Lillian gave us vivid descriptions and examples of the 
fantastic objects in the night sky that that she has observed and 
photographed, from auroras in Canada to deep sky galaxies from her home in 
Chandlers Ford and the milky way in Death Valley where dark skies are guaranteed and 
earthlight is less of a problem and there are no polar bears to bump into your tripod.
Lillian brought along some of the equipment she uses and gave us an idea of the 
range of comparatively inexpensive additions to our usual DSLRs to make photographing
stars and star trails, auroras, meteors, the moon and sun and planets all that much easier 
and successful. 
Her enthusiasm is infectious and I think many of us are planning to give it a go.
Her photographs are stunning.
See many of them here:
Don’t forget our current theme:  Autumn and Winter Weather
Plenty of time yet to walk off Christmas dinner and get some good shots.
There will be no meeting in December so our next will be on
January 25th at 7.30 in the Nursling Village Hall. SO16 0XH
Chris Smith who came and gave us a great demo of his drone invited 
us to join him on a trip to Knowlton Circle - a henge monument near Wimborne
with comparatively dark skies - to photograph “Star Trails” using a
very simple free programme called StarStax. With a bit of instruction from Chris 
we managed to spend an hour exposing a lovely clear night full of stars.
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This was my effort. I was quite impressed for my first attempt.





About The Phorum photography group

The Phorum was formed in response to requests for a meeting place which would

allow photographers to be acknowledged for their work, to have it peer appraised

with lively discussion and to learn from others in the group.

Unlike many Camera Clubs there are no competitions and each month there is a set

theme chosen by the group, the results of which are reviewed at each meeting.

We have regular talks and workshops covering technique, the history and range of

genres of photography and well known practitioners.

One of the aims of the group is for our work to be seen.

We have regular exhibitions - this year's took place in the

Southampton City Art Gallery - January to March 2017 and

we have our next planned for sometime during 2019.

We are also keen on the publication of self published photography books

and utilising Flickr and our own websites to display our work.

Our meetings take place on the last Thursday of every month.

The group is made up of very enthusiastic and prolific amateur photographers.

Absolute beginners can find their way with help and advice from those of us more knowledgeable 

and those with experience and skill can expand, find new creativity and direction away

from the sometimes limited range of ideas and genres available in traditional clubs.


For more information: If you would like to join the group or if you would like to be

added to our mailing list for a newsletter about our activities please send an email to: