Astronomy Classes

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Astronomy Classes

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$ 45.00
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$ 45.00
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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.

If you reserve a spot and are unable to attend, the cost can be refunded so long as you give us 48-hour advance notice of your cancellation.

NOTE: A class minimum of 4 is required for the class to be held. If we don't achieve the minimum, customers will be contacted regarding rescheduling and refunds.

All classes are at 6:30pm, located at our Ballard store at 2821 NW Market St, Suite G.

Current Class Schedule: 

March 3, 2020 - How To Use A Telescope/Intro to Astronomy

Instructor: Jon Minnick

Come learn how to get started in astronomy! This class will teach you the fundamentals of visual observing including mount types and their uses, star-hopping, and how to choose eyepieces and accessories. Jon will teach you how to easily and effectively find your way around the night sky.


March 17, 2020 - Building an imaging computer with an RPi

Instructor: Stephanie Anderson

The Raspberry Pi is an incredibly affordable option for controlling your astrophotography rig. In this class, Stephanie will teach you how to get an RPi configured from scratch and loaded with all the necessary software (KStars/EKOS) to control your rig. We will provide you with your own Raspberry Pi 4 (with 2GB RAM) computer that, after configuring in the class, is YOURS to keep and use. Along with the computer board, you'll receive a housing, 32GB SD card, power cable, fan, and HDMI cable. To check if your equipment (mount, camera, etc) is compatible, check out this link to see if there is a driver for your device

Attendees are REQUIRED to bring a laptop to configure the Raspberry Pi.

March 24, 2020 - Introduction to RPi Imaging with Ekos and Kstars

Instructor: Stephanie Anderson

Come learn to harness the power of a Raspberry Pi as your imaging computer. Bring your configured RPi to the course and learn how to use it as your imaging computer, as well as get familiar with Ekos and Kstars. If you don’t have an RPi, be sure to attend our class “Building an imaging computer with an RPi” first.

March 31, 2020 - Cutting through Astrophotography’s Gordian knot: Cable Management

Instructor: Matt Dahl

Cable management is possibly one of the most challenging aspects of astrophotography. Finding ways to get cables off the ground and mitigate potential snags can be challenging.  Come learn what to do, what NOT to do, and what accessories exist to help clean up your system.

April 8, 2020 - Learning Your Way Around PixInsight

Instructor: Jon Minnick

PixInsight is widely used for astrophotography processing. While being an incredibly powerful program to use, the learning curve can be steep. This course is designed to familiarize you with the PixInsight UI, walking through things like the differences between processes and scripts and how to apply a process to an image. Jon will get you started so you can begin to process your first images.  Please have a copy of PixInsight downloaded, installed, and updated BEFORE class, and to bring in your laptop to follow along.  A common data set will be provided so you can follow along.

April 22, 2020 - Astrophotography Calibration Frames

Instructor: Stephanie Anderson

If you are an astroimager, you’ve most definitely heard you should be taking calibration frames.  But what are they and what do they do?  How do you take them?  Do you need to take them every time you image?  This course will explain all things calibration, along with tips and tricks for taking them and where to use them in your processing workflow.

April 29, 2020 - Solar/Planetary Astrophotography

Instructor: Jon Minnick

In anticipation of this year’s Mars opposition in October, come learn to photograph the sun and/or the planets!  This course will discuss the techniques for image capture and processing of solar/planetary data, as well as how to determine the correct gear to use for the type of solar/planetary photography you want to do.

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