MASTERCLASS - Tour iTelescope @
Siding Spring Observatory, Australia

   Inquiries - Email  christian@itelescope.net

Inquiries - Email christian@itelescope.net

5 Nights  - AUSTRALIAN DEEP SKY PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDED TOUR

  • Ever wanted to photograph the night sky using Australia’s high-powered imaging Telescopes and your own DSLR camera?

  • how about mastering RGB and Narrowband imaging on the finest telescopes?

  • cost: US$3,995 per participant - NOTE: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 3 - 4 participants only

  • includes all meals and ACCOMMODATION

  • excludes transportation - We provide transport from the LOCAL airporT to your accommodation in Siding Spring OBSERVATORY.

  • Masterclass Date:  June 12-17 2018

Inquiries - Email christian@itelescope.net

Join the  Astro-workshop with exclusive access to one of the darkest and most beautiful skies on the planet at Siding Spring, NSW Australia. Enjoy the Milky Way in full Glory!

Dr. Christian Sasse and iTelescope’s Siding Spring Observatory have produced in a once a lifetime experience allowing you to explore the universe and photograph the Southern Sky with stunning landscapes.

 Dr. Christian Sasse

Dr. Christian Sasse

Christian will teach you techniques that will take your stargazing photography to the next level, all provided in a casual manner with a humble sense of humor. You will also learn how to control state-of-the art remote telescopes, how to take stunning images (both LRGB and Narrowband) and how to process them.

He will also teach advanced night photography skills including deep-sky photography, time lapses, star trails and panoramas for intermediate to advanced photographers. And then you will learn a new technique he developed – The Cosmic Clock – a Milky Way composite of the whole night.

The Southern Sky is fascinating in so many ways. At night as you take your own images with your DSLR you will hear the large 4m dome roaring deeply all night - whenever the telescope moves from object to object.  

Overview

The 5 day / night photography workshop at Siding Spring Observatory requires no knowledge of the night sky for this workshop. This is an experience designed to have you master all aspects of night photography. The emphasis of the Masterclass is on deep-sky photography using Australia’s most powerful state-of-the-art Telescopes, night photography and post-processing.

Home Base: The Masterclass will be held at Siding Spring Observatory where we will meet and engage in our classroom sessions and in-field photography.

Accommodation, transportation and meals are included. You may also rent your own car as alternative (although not required).

Exclusive Accommodation: Facilities not open to the direct public, reside exclusively onsite at Siding Spring Observatory in modern hotel style rooms in either in single or double occupancy.

Availability: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 3 - 4 participants only.

Meals: All meals are included. Please let us know if you have special requirements.

Investment: US$3,995 per participant. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve a spot, or you may pay in full. The full balance is due 45 days before the Masterclass.

Inquiries - Email christian@itelescope.net

Day 1 - Arrival and the adventure starts

Fly yourself to Sydney, Australia and then take a 1 hour direct domestic flight to Dubbo, New South Wales. We recommend you fly Qantas for domestic flights. Our host Dr. Christian Sasse will transport you from Dubbo Airport to your accommodation at Siding Spring approximately a 2.5 hour drive. Alternatively, you may rent a car in Sydney Airport and drive directly to the Siding Spring a 6 hour drive.

We will drive to Siding Spring Observatory. We will tour the iTelescope Observatory and discuss our first Masterclass session controlling state-of-the-art Telescopes.

At night you will take control and begin photographing deep-sky objects with such as nebulas, star clusters and galaxies. Your choice is endless! In parallel you will be able to enjoy night photography with your own camera embracing the darkest and richest dark skies.

DAY 2 : ITelescope Intro-Tutorial and Milky Way Photography

 On day two, you will tour Siding Spring observatories with a local expert tour guide, meet astronomers and get introduced to large telescopes and state-of-the-art research projects. In the afternoon, we will begin post processing your new photographs of the deep-sky objects in the classroom session to bring your photographs to life.

At night we will learn new settings and techniques to photograph our Milky Way galaxy with landscapes in the classroom. We will practice our new skills infield to capture stunning images in Australia’s darkest skies unaffected by light pollution.

DAY 3 : Deep-Sky Photography and advanced techniques

On day three we dive deeper with further exciting tutorials in the classroom to learn multiple image stacking of deep-sky photographs (LRGB) and post-processing to produce pieces of art.

At night we photograph more deep sky objects and explore our vast universe. Each participant will come home with a vast collection of images you photographed yourself.

DAY 4 and DAY 5: Mastering the night sky

On day four and five we further refine and master our post-processing techniques for night photography and deep-sky objects. We will dive into narrowband imaging with iTelescope and learn to master image processing with the Hubble palette and how to produce high quality images such as from the ITelescope APOD expert user Josep Drudis.

At night we will learn advanced photographic techniques including panoramas, time lapses, star trails, the cosmic-clock and light painting in the classroom and in-field.

DAY 6 : Lunch and Departure

We say our goodbyes, provide transport to Dubbo if needed and leave with a vast amount of new photographs, skills, guides and tutorials.

Gear and Clothing – What you need

  • DSLR Camera – A camera capable of full manual mode including focusing and high ISO settings - full frame bodies are highly preferable and crop sensor bodies will work. Feel free to ask. We have a single camera available.
  • Camera lens – Lenses capable of f/2.8 or faster – wide angle lenses of 24mm or wider work best (although lenses capable of f/3.5 minimum speed can work they are not optimal). Feel free to ask. We have a few lens available.
  • Tripod – A strong, solid tripod for night photography. We have a single tripod available.
  • Laptop with Photoshop and CCD Stack2 - details will follow with registration
  • Headlamp or flashlight - With red light capability
  • Clothing - Warm clothes – you can always take layers off
  • Optional extras - Additional camera batteries and memory cards, shutter release cable / wireless remote, intervalometer, camping chair, snack/drinks/cooler for anything you may want to bring with you.
  • We have a wide range of telescopes ready for you

Our location - Siding Spring Observatory

Coonabarabran is Australia’s premier astronomical observatory on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park. It is Australia’s First Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association which was granted in 2016.

iTelescope’s Siding Spring Observatory is home to exceptional starry nights which is protected for scientific discovery and public enjoyment.

Biography

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Christian is staff member of iTelescope and his passion encompasses both eagle photography and astronomy. His academic background as an electrical engineer and physicist, particularly his knowledge of optics and the physical properties of light, has shaped his photography. His photography uniquely captures colors and patterns due to his keen sense of how his objects reflect, refract, diffract and transmit light.  Christian likes to move boundaries – in 2011 he broke a world record for amateur astronomy; the most distant amateur observation ever achieved on a truly accessible, amateur sized telescope. More here.

Dr. Sasse runs a popular YouTube channel where he uses innovative techniques to bring wildlife and astronomy to his subscribers – an experience which immerses his viewers into an active dialogue during his live events.

In 2017 and 2018 Christian's photography was featured in National Geographic articles on astronomy and eagles and by Nikon USA.

Website: www.cosmicclock.space

Testimonials:

Dr. Sasse - Very interesting introduction to the new possibilities of remote telescoping and astro-photographing. Thank you - Dr. Franz Gruber, Germany

Christian - It was nice to meet you during the Astrophotography workshop! I learnt a lot from you and enjoyed myself over all the days. Looking forward to trying out some of the skills I learnt from you. - Lee Ai Cing, Singapore