Shoot the Stars - Astrophotography Course

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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

210 Avenue W, Hwy 22 S

Foothills No. 31, AB T0L 1W0

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In this 4-hour workshop Alan Dyer reviews:

• Recommended cameras, lenses, accessories, and telescope gear

• Best practices in the field for getting great astro-images

• Then … the basic steps to processing those images in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Who is This For?

This workshop is for beginners who own good DSLR cameras and who wish to learn how to use them to shoot the Moon and stars. However, while the workshop is aimed at beginners, established astrophotographers might also learn handy tips and techniques.

People getting into astrophotography and who have yet to purchase gear will also find Alan’s recommendations on the best equipment invaluable.

What’s the Workshop About?

Alan steps you through the essential techniques, from what gear to buy, then how to use it to shoot simple “nightscapes” with a camera on a tripod (including the Northern Lights and the Milky Way). Alan then covers how to take long exposures of the Milky Way using low-cost tracking units, and how to capture close-ups of the Moon and deep-sky objects through telephoto lenses and telescopes.

Alan will then demonstrate how to process night sky images using Adobe Photoshop. However, most of the steps shown will be applicable to other up-and-coming programs such as Affinity Photo, Luminar, and ON1 Photo Raw.

Following the 2.5-hour classroom session, we’ll adjourn outside for a 1.5-hour hands-on practical session where you’ll have a chance to shoot the Moon through a supplied telescope, try your hand at shooting nightscapes, or place your camera on a tracking mount for some long exposures of the night sky.

NOTE: The telescope shooting will be for Canon, Nikon and Sony E-mount camera bodies. To fit on our telescope your camera must have an interchangeable lens, i.e. be a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Point-and-shoot cameras with fixed lenses are not suitable.

In the event of inclement weather, we’ll remain in the Observatory’s classroom for an extended tutorial on more advanced image processing techniques.

Coffee, hot chocolate, and other refreshments will be supplied.

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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

210 Avenue W, Hwy 22 S

Foothills No. 31, AB T0L 1W0

Canada

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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