Astrophotography Expedition (Astronomy, grades 8-12) July 6-9 (four days, three nights) In this overnight camp, students will learn about various astrophotography techniques that are used to image different types of deep-sky objects such as star clusters, nebula, and galaxies. They will learn about those deep sky objects’ origins, classifications, morphology, and evolution, and will learn about and perform traditional and digital astrophotography. They also will have the opportunity to use Kopernik’s new state-of-the-art CCD (charge-coupled device) camera. Daytime hours will be filled with interactive lectures and hands-on labs with Kopernik educators and guest speakers. In the evenings, students will do astrophotography and gain hands-on experience with Kopernik’s photographic equipment. If skies are cloudy, students will do related activities including image processing and will work on team projects. This camp will culminate with students presenting their team projects to local teachers, scientists, and parents on Saturday afternoon. Students will stay overnight at Kopernik and participate in recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, and geocaching. Meals and snacks are included. Astrophotography Expedition runs from 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9.