The Deep Space Course - 2021 Edition

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Have you always wanted to capture your own images of the beautiful nebula and galaxies in the night sky?  Believe it or not, you don't need a big telescope and heavy mount to create breathtaking photos!  One of the great things about modern camera equipment is that it allows us to capture amazing images of distant nebula and galaxies with a simple telephoto lens!  Throughout this course you will learn how to find, capture, and process your own astrophotography images. 

This course is designed for photographers with a DSLR, star tracker (like the Star Adventurer or SkyGuider Pro), and a telephoto lens.  However, even advanced telescope users may learn some great new tricks in the post-processing tutorials.  The new 2021 Edition includes a module for the Southern Hemisphere!  So regardless of where you live on Earth, you'll have a great selection of objects to photograph!

The Deep Space Course has grown considerably since 2018.  Along the way, I've also learned a lot of new tricks and techniques.  With that in mind, the tutorials in the course are catered to all skill levels.  If you just bought a star tracker, and aren't quite sure how to use it, I'll take you through step-by-step and explain the general process.  Maybe you've been doing astrophotography for a few years, but still need a little help.  I've got an intermediate workflow that will introduce some new concepts and gear to increase the quality of your images and improve your tracking results.  Finally, for those looking to take things to the next level, I've got workflows for using a dedicated astro camera, narrowband filters, and special processing techniques.  

In July 2021 I released the Go-To Mount Module for the Deep Space Course.  We'll take a look at the different Go-To mounts you can purchase, how to setup the mount for the first time, where to attach the various cables, how to safely attach a large telescope, how to use an auto-focuser, and much more!  With this update, the Deep Space Course covers everything you need to know, regardless of the mount or tracker you have!




Course Layout

The Deep Space Course is currently broken up into 7 main modules:

  • Auto-Guiders
  • Dedicated Astro Cameras
  • Main Course
  • Post Processing
  • The Basics
  • Southern Hemisphere
  • Go-To Mounts

These modules are all self-contained, and you can watch them in any order.  However, I'd recommend starting off with the Main Course.  This is where the bulk of the content is.  For example, if you want to learn how to photograph the Orion Nebula, I've got a mini course that will take you through the entire process.  We'll start by learning the night sky and when the Orion Nebula is actually visible.  Then, we'll head out on-location to find the nebula among the stars.  Once we've found the target, we'll discuss the best camera settings to use and how to setup your star tracker properly.  After we've captured the images, we'll head back to the computer and begin the full editing process.

As an added bonus, I've also included my 'Beginners' post-processing course, which will teach you the basics of Photoshop, Camera RAW, Sequator, and file management.  This will be a great way to get comfortable using these different applications before diving into the full workflows.  You'll even have access to my TIFF files, so you can follow along in the full-workflows.  This will allow you to practice all of the techniques, even if you don't have your own photos yet.

Throughout the course we'll be using 3 different applications for stacking, including Photoshop, Sequator, and Deep Sky Stacker.  If you are on a Mac, we'll also cover Starry Sky Stacker.  This will give you a clear look at how each application works, and you'll be able to decide which software you prefer.  Lastly, we'll cover some basic astrophotography editing tutorials that can be applied to any image.  You'll learn how to remove light pollution, stretch your histogram to reveal faint details, stack photos in Photoshop, and more!




What We'll Cover

While I was creating this course, I wanted to focus on the best nebula and galaxies for DSLR users with telephoto lenses.  Since we don't have the resolving power of a massive telescope, these objects had to be fairly large and bright.  I also wanted a nice mix of winter and summer objects, so you can go out and shoot any time of the year!  Below is a list of all the objects we will cover in this course.  Remember, each object will have a full mini-series of videos to go along with it, showing the full process.  

The Southern Hemisphere objects are a little more tricky.  Some of them will require Narrowband Filters for the best results.  A few of the objects are very small, so a larger telescope and Go-To mount would come in handy.

I've made sure to include practice RAW, TIFF, and FITS files for each object in the course.  This will allow you to practice along with me, step-by-step.  Even if you don't have any good data from your own camera yet, you'll still be able to learn!


Northern Hemisphere:

  • Orion Nebula
  • California Nebula
  • Rosette Nebula
  • Andromeda Galaxy
  • Triangulum Galaxy
  • Rho Ophiuchi
  • Pleiades
  • North American Nebula
  • Veil Nebulae
  • Milky Way Core
  • Horsehead Nebula
  • Whirlpool Galaxy
  • Lagoon Nebula


Southern Hemisphere:

  • Carina Nebula
  • Centaurus A
  • Pencil Nebula
  • Tarantula Nebula
  • Large Magellanic Cloud
  • Running Chicken Nebula






Challenge Peter

Just like my Astrophotography Post-Processing Course, the Deep Space Course features my "Challenge Peter" tutorial series.  This is where you can send in your own RAW or TIFF photos, if you are having trouble editing.  I will create a unique tutorial based off of your image(s), and show you some special techniques to fix any problems you may have.  This is a great way for everyone to learn more about editing photos!  If you have some images you would like to submit, please send an email to: [email protected]


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The Deep Space Course is a collection of video tutorials.  Once you purchase the course, you will be sent a download link.  After you've downloaded and unzipped all of the files, you can easily transfer the videos onto your phone, tablet, laptop, etc...  This gives you freedom to watch the videos when and where you want, even out in the field! 

You can click the PayPal button below to purchase the pack.  Once your purchase has been completed, you will be sent a download link via email.  The email will be sent to your PayPal - linked email account.  Please note, it may take up to 24 hours to receive your download link.

If you have any questions, please send an email to: [email protected]


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