My availability currently is Monday-Thursday 6pm to 10pm (starting times for sessions) Pacific US timezone with some time available Saturday's and Sunday's depending on the lunar cycle and weather, if it's a new moon and it's clear I typically won't be available on the weekends as I'll be out shooting at my dark spot :-)
Tom Masterson has recently joined the teaching staff for a course focused on wide field and nightscape astrophotography with a DSLR. In this course we'll go over the many different aspects of shooting with a DSLR, what types of lenses or short focal length telescopes to use, how to plan shots, use software for panorama's/mosaic's, regular post processing tips and tricks and much more!
Tom offers similar tutorials as Terry that are three months of one-on-one support using Teamviewer (remote desktop), along with voice calls by Skype for students anywhere in the world. The charge for three months of private astrophotography tutorials and support is just $300.00 US.
Email, Skype and telephone support, one-on-one remote sessions are limited to a maximum of one 1.5 hour long session each week (excepting the 5 hour introduction)
For this course we can start from the ground up, even if you have just purchased your DSLR and have no idea (as I did when I bought mine) how to use it. You can learn from my mistakes and successes as we cover the functionality of your camera, what settings are best to use for what application, what lenses would be best suited for your camera, how to shoot panoramas and avoid parallax, how to plan your shots, how to choose the best locations for shooting, how to read and understand astronomical weather forecasts, how to post process your images using a whole host of software mostly focusing on Photoshop, Lightroom, PTGui, RegiStar, DeepSkyStacker, BackyardEOS/BackyardNikon, and many others. I will custom tailor your course to match your needs so you can get the most out of your astrophotography, I can use my experience to help you learn whatever software/hardware combination works best for you.
So if you are an experienced CCD imager looking for something to do while you're up all night watching your rig collect photons, or if you are completely new to the astrophotography world and are looking for an introduction, signing up for this course I will guide you through 3 months of 1.5hr sessions once a week with additional email and phone support so that you get the most out of your astrophotos!
DSLR NIGHTSCAPE / WIDEFIELD ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL
WHAT THE COURSE INCLUDESre.
I have been into astronomy for as long as I can remember, my interested probably began while watching Carl Sagan's original series Cosmos with my family as a young boy. About a half decade ago my girlfriend and family went in on a telescope as a birthday gift and I've been hooked ever since! Over the past few years my astrophotography work has been selected by NASA's APOD, BBC Sky at Night, AAPODx2, various magazines, calendars, etc. I couldn't be more happy with the experience and joy this hobby brings and when it comes to my astrophotography I really have Terry to thank for all of his knowledge and help. I took his course for over a year and it really made me the astrophotographer I am today.
While I started out shooting astrophotography seriously through a 2032mm Celestron Edge HD 800 with a Canon 6D on a Celestron AVX mount I quickly realized that with limited invested in a really stable mount imaging at long focal lengths with this setup would be pretty difficult. Ever since coming to this realization I've been focusing on focal lengths of 400mm or less and a whole world has opened up! With short focal lenghts and a nice DSLR there is so much you can do without having as much of a struggle with guiding/tracking, it get's even more easy and affordable when approaching nightscape work which can only require a tripod, camera, lens and a bit of planning.
Here's a link to my Flickr page with current and past work:
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Astrophotography by Terry Hancock