Deep Space Course - 2024 Edition

The 2024 Edition of the Deep Space Course is the culmination of thousands of hours of work over the past 6 years.  Throughout the 80+ videos, I will teach you everything you need to know about astrophotography.

We'll start off with Camera Gear, because you need to have the right equipment for the job.  A bad camera or mount will make this hobby much more difficult than it should be.  I'll list my favorite cameras, telescopes, filters, accessories, and more.

Once you've got the gear, we can move on to Planning.  You'll start by picking a list of targets that you'd like to photograph.  Then you will learn where they are located in the night sky.  We'll also discuss light pollution and the weather, and how to work around each problem.

This brings us to the On-Location videos.  I will show you just how easy the setup process can be, provided you have a go-to mount, ASIAir, and dedicated astro camera.  For those with DSLRs and star trackers, we'll have some additional videos that cover the entire shooting process.  Either way, you should have enough information to head outside with confidence!  

Finally we have the Post-Processing section, which includes over 50 videos!  This is where the magic happens.  We take the RAW, ugly, dark data and transmute it into a beautiful final image.  It seems that many astrophotographers struggle with these steps, so I will show you my easy workflows that can radically transform an image.  The key here is simplicity.  We aren't going to spend hours covering the minutiae of every tool, I'll leave that for more technically-minded instructors.  I will provide my own data, then we'll go through the entire editing process together.    

Most of the editing will be done in PixInsight and Photoshop. If you're new to both programs, that's okay! We start off slow and build a solid foundation. This ensures you understand the interface and don't feel overwhelmed. We've got plenty of advanced workflows too, in case you want to learn something new.

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Milky Way Course

The Milky Way Course is a combination of all the earlier "Star Tracker Courses" and my "Astro Post-Processing Course" combined into one.  You'll get access to full tutorials on the SkyGuider Pro, Star Adventurer, and MoveShootMove, all in the same place!  I've also created 3 distinct workflows you can choose from in this course.

First up we have the Beginner's Workflow, which is meant to keep things simple.  All you need is a wide angle lens, camera, and tripod.  I'll explain what camera settings work best, how to actually take your images, and how to process them on the computer.  With a little practice, you'll be up and running!

Next is my personal workflow, which I'm calling "The Lazy Workflow".  This is designed to make your life easier!  How can we get the best quality images with the least amount of headaches?  You'll need a star tracker for this workflow though.  I've got full-length tutorials for the three best-selling trackers in this course.  

Finally we have the Dithering Workflow.  This is intended for the advanced shooters, who want the absolute best-quality images.  You'll be taking 4+ images, with a slight motion in-between each shot.  Once you stack these photos on the computer, any sensor-related problems should be removed.  That includes Hot Pixels, banding, color mottle, and more!

One of the problems with online courses is that you want to watch the videos offline, when you're actually out there in the field.  With that in mind, I've enabled Downloads through the howtube video player.  Feel free to download any videos from the course directly to your computer.  Then you can copy them to your smartphone / tablet, and watch whenever / wherever you want!  

As always, this course will continue to receive free updates in the future.  

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Star Trails Course

One of the problems with Milky Way and Deep Space is that we can't really shoot when the moon is out.  It tends to wash out the fainter details in the nebulae / galaxy.  However, we can still capture an amazing star trails image!  One of my goals with this course is to teach you how to create a beautiful star trails photo, regardless of the phase of the moon.  

We'll also cover two different workflows in this course.  The Standard Workflow is our starting point.  You'll take hundreds of ~20 second photos over the span of a few hours.  We can use these images for both a star trails photo, and timelapse video.  You may encounter some problems with this workflow if your computer is older, or you don't have a fast SSD.

The Alternate Workflow has been designed for those with older computer, larger megapixel cameras, and anyone who wants to save some space.  We'll be taking a few dozen ~4 minute exposures.  This will still create a nice star trails image, but we won't have to deal with hundreds of RAW photos anymore.

The course itself is broken up into 3 modules - Planning, On Location, and Post-Processing.  We'll start off by discussing the gear you actually need, how to work around the moon, planning out your compositions, and more.  Next, I'll head outside and show you how to setup your camera for the various workflows.  Finally, we'll go through and edit our photos together. I'll include my own RAW, TIFF, and JPEG files, so you can practice along with me in the tutorials.  We will be using Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, and Photoshop for most of the processing.  Whether you are on Mac or Windows, you'll be able to follow along just fine.


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