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Join us on photography and astronomy adventure holiday from one of the best places in the world, with clear pristine nights without light pollution. Learn how photograph the Moon, planets, nebulas, exercise yourself with star trails, time-lapse frames and image processing techniques. See the fascinating spectacle of clouds at La Palma and photograph their movements with your DSLR camera.

 

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1ºday

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.

2º day

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.

3º day

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.


4º day

Theory: No applicable.

Practices: Night trip to a selected mountain area for time-lapse imaging using your favorite digital cameras.


5º day

Theory: How to catch comets and asteroids using photography technics.

Practices: Imaging comets and asteroids using the T400 telescope.

6º day

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)
- Laptop
- Warm clothing and shoes. Small red lamp.
- Pen drive for safe keeping your images

 

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