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Astronomy Classes


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Live Streaming now available for select classes! If you can't attend the classes in person, please sign up for the Live Stream version of the class. You will receive digital copies of any handouts and will be able to ask questions via a moderator. Discount codes will be delivered via email.  All class times are Pacific.

Receive a $20 discount code when you attend one of our classes, redeemable in store or online.  Your code will be delivered when you arrive for the class.

Current Class Schedule: 

Thursday, February 23 @ 6:30 pm - Astrophotography Without a Telescope Part 1

Cost: $45 per person

Instructor - Derek Culver

Guest lecturer Derek Culver will discuss the process and art of landscape astrophotography. Learn how to capture and process breathtaking photos of the Milky Way and combine them with foreground photography to create captivating nightscapes. Part 1 of this course will focus on equipment setup, camera settings, and technique.

Optional Field Workshop available with Derek through his company, Blazing Heavens. Contact him for more information.

Thursday, March 2 @ 6:30 pm - Astrophotography Without a Telescope Part 2

Cost: $45 per person

Instructors - Derek Culver/Stephanie Anderson

Guest lecturer Derek Culver will discuss the process and art of landscape astrophotography. Learn how to take and process breathtaking photos of the Milky Way and combine them with foreground photography to create eye-capturing nightscapes. Part 2 of this course will focus on processing data from Part 1, including image stacking and calibration, as well as composite image composition.

Thursday, March 9 @ 6:30 pm - Introduction to Astronomy

Cost $30 per person

Instructor - Matt Dahl

Designed for newcomers to the hobby, this class will introduce you to basics of astronomy such as telescope types, mounts, apparent motion of the sky, and celestial navigation. This class is perfect for those contemplating a telescope purchase or those who have recently purchased a telescope. Come learn how to get the most out of your investment!

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:30 pm - Image Processing Series 1/3 - DSLR Image Processing in PixInsight

Cost $45 per person

Instructor - Matt Dahl

Now that you have some data, come learn to process your images! We will discuss the basic elements of image processing with Pixinsight and get you setup on the appropriate workflow to go from raw data to final image. This is the best place to get your feet wet with Pixinsight!

Thursday, April 6 @ 6:30 pm - Image Processing Series 2/3 - Advanced PixInsight Techniques

Cost $45 per person

Instructor - Matt Dahl

This class will address advanced PI techniques such as (but not limited to) LRGB combination, star masks, deconvolution, and drizzle integration. Adding these tools to your PixInsight repertoire will give you greater flexibility and power when processing your images.

Thursday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm - Imaging Processing Series 3/3 - Narrowband Image Processing

Cost $45 per person

Instructor - Stephanie Anderson

Have you added narrowband filters to your imaging system? Come learn how to process the new data! This class will focus on techniques such as tone mapping via star removal and building the color palette through the PixelMath process.

Complete Imaging Processing Series

Cost $120 per person

Purchase enrollment in all three of the imaging series classes (DSLR Image Processing in PixInsight, Advanced PixInsight Techniques, and Narrowband Image Processing) and receive $5 off per class.

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