Bruce McCulloch
Intermediate Astrophotography Course; 5 week session offered Wednesdays and Fridays
Intermediate Astrophotography Course; 5 week session offered  Wednesdays and Fridays

This is a DDOD presentation by Drs. Ian Shelton & Tuba Koktay.

Be ready for Comet ISON and other remarkable celestial events coming this year!

Learn basic theory about how your CCD camera captures starlight and then apply that knowledge to create beautiful works of art using your own celestial and low‐light photography.

Learn how to extend Photoshop so it can process FITS images from your own and research‐grade astronomy CCD cameras, including those from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

You’ll be shown how to access the HST archives and gather your own selection of Hubble’s original raw black and white images to create your own beautiful colour variations of spectacular deep‐sky objects. Assistance with your own CCD camera, telescope and software will be provided.

This course consists of five 2‐hour classes held on Wednesdays or Fridays from 7‐9pm in Richmond Hill (venue TBA)
from March 13 through to April 10 (Weds) & March 15 through to April 19* (Fridays), 2013.
(* no class on Good Friday, March 29)


Course Schedule

1. Introduction to the celestial realm: Learn about different types of objects found in the nighttime sky and how to locate them using an ephemeris and celestial coordinates. Download and use free planetarium software to plan your observations of coming celestial events as seen from anywhere on Earth.

2. Pictures using a telescope: Guided astrophotography of “deep‐sky” objects requires the right hardware, some skill and lots of patience. Let us advise and guide you towards successfully capturing images with your own telescope or ones available for hire.

3. Capturing every photon of starlight: Learn how to capture the greatest amount of detail with your DSLR or astronomy‐specific CCD camera while using the least amount of starlight to make beautiful images.

4. Processing astronomy images with Photoshop and Maxim‐DL: Advanced amateurs and professional astronomers work with images in FITS (Flexible Image Transport Standard) format. Learn how to work with FITS, RAW, TIF and other formats using Photoshop and astronomy‐specific programs like Maxim‐DL.

5. Working with real Hubble Space Telescope raw images: Some of the most important and spectacular
images of our time have been captured using the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn how to access archives and create your own versions of published and unpublished HST images

Course Fee: $125

To register, please fill out the form at  www.ddod.ca/apw/  or contact Dr. Koktay at sheltonfam2001@hotmail.com or by phone at (905)762‐0072.