Deep Space Workshop

February 19 - 23 | Kanab Utah

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The Basics

Join Peter Zelinka for a Deep Space Workshop this February.  We'll spend 4 nights in some of the darkest skies in North America, near Kanab Utah.  Each day we'll meet at a rental house, where we will discuss gear, processing, setup, and more.  These daytime sessions are designed to answer any questions you may have before it gets dark.  Around sunset we'll meet again for dinner.  Kanab has a nice selection of restaurants, and we'll choose one each night.  My assistant will grab our meals and bring them back while we setup our gear.  After dinner, we can begin shooting.  While the photos are being captured we can relax indoors and stay warm.  However, we'll continue to monitor the progress of our cameras.  We will also be providing snacks and drinks at night, including coffee!

Since this workshop will be held in February, we'll have a great view of the winter-time objects, including the Orion Nebula, Horsehead Nebula, Pleiades, Andromeda Galaxy, Triangulum Galaxy, North America Nebula, Heart Nebula, Sadr Region, Rosette Nebula, California Nebula, Veil Nebula, and much more!  If you're not sure what to photograph, we will discuss the best choices (depending on your gear).

Capturing the data is only half the battle, you'll also need to process your images.  We will have 1-on-1 lessons with each student every day.  During these personalized 1 hour lessons, we can cover whatever you'd like.  Maybe you are having trouble with stacking, or struggling to learn Photoshop.  Perhaps you want to start incorporating PixInsight into your routine, whatever it is, we can give it a try.  While we are sitting around at night taking photos, we will have plenty of time for some group processing lessons as well.  This is a good opportunity to learn from your fellow attendees.

 

Location

Kanab Utah is one of the best starting points for an epic Western adventure.  There are quite a few incredible places located within an ~hour drive, including Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, and more.  If you want to take it easy though, there are plenty of beautiful locations to explore within Kanab.  With this in mind, you'll have most of your day free to wander around (or catch up on sleep!)  We'll meet in the late afternoon for lessons, then begin our long nights of shooting.

Zion National Park is just a short drive from Kanab, and much less busy during the winter.  If possible, you may want to spend a few extra days in Kanab enjoying the landscapes!

 


Schedule

Day 1 - Sunday, February 19th:

- Meet and Greet at 3PM

- General Lesson at 4PM

- Complimentary Dinner at 5:30PM

- Begin Setup at 6:30PM

- Teardown at ~12AM


Day 2 - Monday, February 20th: 

- 1-on-1 Processing Lessons (time chosen by student)

- Complimentary Dinner at 5:30PM

- Begin Setup at 6:30PM

- Group Processing Lesson at 7:30PM

- Teardown whenever (you can always leave your gear up, go home and sleep, and we'll tear down for you at Astronomical Twilight) 

 

Day 3 - Tuesday, February 21st:

- Processing Lessons throughout the day

- Complimentary Dinner at 5:30PM

- Begin Setup at 6:30PM

- Group Processing Lesson at 7:30PM

 

Day 4 - Wednesday, February 22nd:

- Processing Lessons throughout the day

- Farewell dinner at the rental house

- Setup at 6:30PM

- Group Processing Lesson at 7:30PM

 

Day 5 - Thursday, February 23rd:

- Morning Goodbyes

- Any final questions

 

Recommended Gear & Clothing

As long as you have a DSLR, telephoto lens, and a star tracker, you can successfully attend this workshop!  That's all I had back in the day, and I was still able to get some amazing photos!  However, this workshop will also be a great opportunity for those with dedicated astro cameras, filter wheels, Go-To Mounts, and larger telescopes.  (Assuming you can travel to Kanab with all that gear!)

I highly recommend purchasing a headlamp with a red light, if you don't have one already.  This will make it easy to navigate around our gear at night.

I will have a few spare mounts available to try out during this workshop, including the new ZWO AM5 Harmonic Mount.  So if you are looking to upgrade any of your gear, this will be the perfect opportunity to try something new. 

For a full list of my recommended products, please view my howtube store page.  I've got all of the products I use listed here.

February is usually pretty chilly in Kanab, so you'll want to bring plenty of warm clothes.  We won't be standing in the freezing cold all night long though, since we've got the rental house we can sit inside while the cameras are busy. 

 

Weather

As we all know, weather is the biggest obstacle for astrophotography.  Thankfully, Kanab has a pretty good chance of having clear skies year-round.  I spent 2 years living in Kanab, and I found that I was able to shoot for most of the year, unless it was really windy.  There is a possibility of snow during the workshop, so please keep that in mind. 

If it is cloudy / snowy for a few nights during the workshop, we will make the best of it.  You're free to either catch up on sleep, or join us at the rental house.  We'll go through and do some group editing lessons, practice the setup process, discuss gear, and more.  During the day, we can head out and enjoy the views around town.  This can actually be a wonderful opportunity for landscape photography, if you're into that.

We did have some snow during my February 2020 workshop, but this provided a unique photography opportunity!  

 

Who is this workshop for?

The Deep Space Workshops are a great way for like-minded people to come together and enjoy a few nights under dark skies, far away from big city light pollution.  Whether you are a complete beginner having trouble with your polar alignment, or an experienced astrophotographer looking to capture some great data from a dark sky, this workshop is for you!  

One thing I've noticed is that all of my students tend to get along great, and some even become life-long friends afterwards!

The workshop atmosphere will be pretty low-key, since we're all out here to have a good time and learn.  I don't want anyone to feel that they are under pressure!

I will have my astro equipment available, if anyone wants to try it out and capture some data!

 

Price

The workshop will cost $2,600, and a non-refundable deposit of $600 is required to secure your spot.  The remaining balance can be paid anytime before January 15th.

This price includes 4 nights of shooting, 4 days of processing lessons, on-demand access to Peter during the day, one dinner each night, snacks and coffee, and access to high-end mounts and equipment.  

This price does NOT include: airfare, rental cars, hotels, breakfast / lunch.  

 

Getting There & Accommodations

Kanab is about a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, which is the closest major airport.  You will want to rent a vehicle as well, so you can freely travel around Kanab during the workshop.

I've reserved some rooms at the Best Western hotel in Kanab, and you can save 20% off your stay.  Just give them a call and mention this workshop to get the deal.  

Since astrophotography equipment can be very large and heavy, you may choose to drive to Kanab instead.  I personally will be driving all the way from Port Angeles Washington down to Kanab, just to make sure I've got room for all my equipment.  I will have 3 extra batteries, which can power your go-to mounts and ASIAir.  (If you need to leave your battery behind to fly)

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Sign Up 


If you would like to join me in Kanab from February 19 - 23rd, please click the link below.  This will take you to PayPal, where you can pay the $600 non-refundable deposit.  Once you have been registered for the workshop, you'll receive an email from me with more information, including directions to the rental house, exact timing, updates, and more.

I hope to see you this November for an unforgettable astrophotography experience!  

 

Payment

 

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