MASTERCLASS

Located @ iTelescope, Siding Spring Observatory, Australia

5 Nights  - AUSTRALIAN DEEP SKY PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDED TOUR

All Skill Levels  - Beginners to Advanced

 Tour Guide, Dr. Christian Sasse

Tour Guide, Dr. Christian Sasse

  • Ever wanted to photograph the night sky using Australia’s high-powered  Telescopes? or using DSLR cameras?

  • No need to bring anything - we have all equipment. (You may also bring your own camera). We provide high quality telescopes controlled remotely, DSLR cameras and time-lapse slider.

  • 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. This ensures that you receive high quality tutoring

  • includes all meals and ACCOMMODATION

  • Includes a one-month free subscription to Plan-1000 and 500 points to take lots of images with skills acquired at the Masterclass

  • Transportation from our local airport can be arranged, we can advise on transport from Sydney airport

  • And there is more- after the workshop you are invited to join at no extra charge our exclusive masterclass group where you receive constant updates and are able to exchange ideas with masterclass members

Inquiries - Email masterclass@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.

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 beginners to advanced photographers. And then you will learn a new technique he developed – The Cosmic Clock – a Milky Way composite of the whole night. We can provide all equipment. Come, learn and enjoy!

The Southern Sky is fascinating in so many ways. At night as you take images with our equipment or your own camera and  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 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 masterclass@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 or we can arrange transport for you from major cities within Australia (costs not imcluded).

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  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.

See what participants say about the Masterclass


What you need

  • Laptop (MAC or Windows) - details will follow with registration
  • Clothing - Warm clothes – you can always take layers off
  • We have a wide range of telescopes, cameras and lenses ready for you
  • You can bring your own camera and lens - we can advise

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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Dr. Christian Sasse is the Astronomer in Charge 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:

I have just had the exceptional good fortune to spend most of the past week at Siding Spring in the company of Christian Sasse and three congenial fellow-students on the inaugural Astrophotography Masterclass. Wow!  The experience simply could not have been any better.  The Observatory staff were so welcoming, the Lodge and the whole settling are spectacular and comfortable, and we were blessed with four straight nights of almost entirely clear skies. Above all, Christian is both a remarkable teacher, and also excellent company. My head is still buzzing with all that we learned.  I have come away inspired and enabled to take a deep dive into astrophotography: something that I have long-intended to do, but was hitherto held back by the daunting learning curve. I first joined iTelescope back in 2012, since when I have mostly allowed my monthly credits to accumulate.  Now I will be able to make good use of the credit in the bank and I shall certainly be upgrading my subscription. You have such an impressive operation and I look forward to further developments in the coming years. I wish you and iTelescope every success -regards with gratitude from 38,000ft above Sri Lanka (hats off to the mortal remains of Arthur C Clarke below) - Max Whitby PhD, Director, The Red Green & Blue Company Ltd, UK

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