Theory: Optical laws and basic components of a Telescope/Lens/Cameras. Image quality and seeing. How to observe bright astronomy objects and how to observe deep sky objects. Limiting exposure vs magnitude. Light pollution and filters. Time Lapse technics.
Practices: Visual observing with some telescopes from 400, 300, 120 to 80mm. diameter. Night landscape photography using your digital cameras or, with observatory cameras.
Theory: Sky and Earth motion. Equatorial mount and long exposure imaging. S/N ratio and related notes. How to schedule the best time/hour for your images. Software for astrophotography.
Practices: Long exposure astronomical imaging using telescopes and photo lens. Night landscape imaging using your favorite digital cameras.
Theory: Initiation to the image processing. Image formats. Image calibration. Combining multiple images. Tricolor RGB composition and quad-color LRGB composition.
Practices: Imaging some selected objects like: Milky Way, nebulas, galaxies or star clusters.
Theory: No applicable.
Practices: Night trip to a selected mountain area for time-lapse imaging using your favorite digital cameras.
Theory: How to catch comets and asteroids using photography technics.
Practices: Imaging comets and asteroids using the T400 telescope.
Theory: Security in the solar observation. Filters and methods of observation. Phenomena that we can observe in the Sun.
Practices: Sun activity photography trough filters of white light (photosphere) and H-alpha wavelength (chromosphere).
We are pleased to accept your proposals or suggestions for a more adapted observing program to your wishes. Please ask us in advance. Thanks.
Duration and timetable:
Total of 22 hours, along 5 consecutive nights, from 22 to 02 h. and one diurnal session for sun observing in agreement of date and hour.
What you just have to bring?
- Your DSLR and a fast ratio lens (f/2.8 or less)
- Extra batteries for your camera.
- Solid tripod.
- An intervalometer (if available)
- Warm clothing and shoes. Small red lamp.
- Pen drive for safe keeping your images