AAPOD2: Showcasing Amazing Images in Amateur Astronomy

We've all heard of the Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA, but there is another website showcasing amazing photos from the amateur community: The Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day. Our guests Charles Lillo and Jason Matter tell us the story of how they got AAPOD going and what you can win if you submit your images for consideration!

Timestamps for AAPOD2 Episode

1:37 – Learning about how Charles Lillo and Jason Matter got started in the hobby

8:24 – Challenges with being an amateur astronomer in the Florida

13:40 – Where did the idea come to start AAPOD2?

16:26 –What is APOD and how is AAPOD2 different?

20:50 – How you can submit to AAPOD2

22:30 – Partnership with Cathrin Machin

26:23 – The astro community’s response to AAPOD2

28:45 – Growing the team

30:55 – Why social media accounts dedicated to pictures of space get so popular

36:37 – Public outreach and getting more people excited about space

38:36 – Visual astronomers vs imagers

39:33 – The gear they are using now

43:27 –Advice for those that are getting started in astrophotography

46:50 – Plans for AAPOD2

51:03 – What type of images stand out to AAPOD2 when selecting a winner

What astronomy groups are you a part of? Let us know in the comments below and help others looking for groups to join!

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