Albany Recreation Center , Ca
1249 Marin Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Upcoming CLASSROOM SESSIONS IN 2023:
MArch 28 -May 9th
September 12 -November 7TH
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY EVENING 7-8:30PM
CLASS ROOM WORKSHOPS
Interested in night photography? Do you want to learn how to take pictures of the milky way or deep sky objects in the night sky? Are you thinking of buying a telescope but want some hands-on experience first? Meet others already active in the hobby and exchange tips from planning to processing while learning the basics of astronomy through astrophotography.
We hope these workshops become a place for those interested in astrophotography at any level to learn and inspire each other to keep searching.
Standard Workshop Outline:
7:00 - 7:15 Intros & announcements
7:15 - 7:45 Main Subject; Deck & questions
7:45 - 7:50 Break, Astronomy News & check out gear
7:50 - 8:00 Gear talk; technical overview
8:00 - 8:25 Technical demo & questions
8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements
ALways double check this PAge for updates on WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS done in the classroom will follow a similar schedule to the one outlined on this page. Subject matter will be changed based on the interests of those attending. Although I have been pursuing this hobby for the last 6 years I am by no means an expert and hope that those who get involved help set the agendas for the workshops. We will cover wide field astrophotography with DSLR and dedicated astro cameras as well as dive into techniques using various telescopes, computerized mounts, trackers, and other gear as well as all sorts of processing techniques. Most nights will focus on one or two topics with a presentation and time to practice processing techniques and share images and more.
Hardware Needed is up to you! If you are just starting out, we suggest that you bring your camera and a laptop to the classroom. If you are interested in troubleshooting some gear or learning a specific techniques bring your questions and document your gear and current setup so we can try and help trouble shoot your issue.
Software Needed is also up to you and what your interests are in the hobby. You can get great pictures using Photoshop and Lightroom but we will also cover astrophotography-specific image capture and processing software. Check out the links here for software we will dive into. If you have a current work flow that works well for you we would love for you to share your process at the workshop!
Links to Presentations from 2023 :
March 28 : >ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY OVERVIEW<
April 11 : >PLANNING FOR MILKY WAY PHOTOSHOOT<
April 25 : >Intro into Deep Sky<
May 9 : >Shopping for the Hobby<
Sept12 : >ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY OVERVIEW 2<
Sept 27 : >Deep Sky Deeper Dive<
Oct 6: @ Chabot >Art & Science in Astrophotography<
Oct 10 : >Intro to Processing Deep Sky Images: Siril<
Nov 7 : >Shopping for Astrophotography<
Regional BAy ArEA LOCATIONS: T.B.A. CONTINGENT ON WEATHER
new Moons this MILKY WAY Season
March 21, April 19, May 19, June 17, July 17, Aug. 16, Sept. 14, OCt. 14
Under Dark Skies
WORKSHOPS under dark skies will be done at your own risk and are not part of the Albany Rec Center Workshops. A liability waiver will be required to be signed in order to attend. We will pick a date and location based on weather conditions and meet at known dark sky spots no further than 3 hours from Albany (without traffic :). These workshops will be confirmed only a few day in advanced around the time of each new moon and only with reasonable certainty of the weather conditions. The images/data captured can be reviewed and processed later in one of our workshops.
If you are interested in participating please contact me through this site for more details.