Moab Astrophotography Workshop

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Moab Astrophotography Workshop

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  • 2018
    Dates: March 11-17, 2018

    Locations: Moab and SE, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado

    Fee: $2,980 USD Per Person
    Single supplement of $650

    Deposit: $1,000

    Limit: 8 photographers\ 4 photographers per guide.

    Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights

    Skill Level: Beginner to Pro

    Non-Photographers Discount: $250

    Trip Leader: Matt Shetzer and Christian Sasse

    Trip Origination: Grand Junction, Colorado

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    Moab Astro Photo WorkshopExplore the world of landscape astro photography and remote telescope imaging in our unique Astrophotography Workshop based in the beautiful sandstone cliffs of Moab, Utah and picturesque Southeast Utah.

    We will focus our time in beautiful areas such as Arches National Park, Deadhorse State Park, and Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky and Needles districts). As we journey South from Moab, we will visit the area now included in the Bears Ears National Monument of the Cedar Mesa plateau as we visit remote Anasazi ruins and photograph the dark skies at night.

    Small Groups Only!

    • Moab and SE Utah landscapes
    • Remote telescopes
    • Galaxies
    • Star clusters
    • Nebulae
    • Arches
    • Ancient ruins
    • Night landscape photography
    • Astro image processing

    Imagine capturing heaven and earth in one image – combining beautiful nature with millions of stars and the Milky Way. At night, we will take you to our favorite places and show you how to capture natural arches, sandstone cliffs and stars in a single image. The dark skies of remote Utah make a perfect setting for the Astrophotography workshop.

    During the day, we will explore the area for landscape photography including some of the iconic locations that make these areas a photographer’s dream. In addition, we will visit remote Anasazi ruins and dwellings that were abandoned hundreds of years ago, and capture stunning images of these relics where the Anasazi Indians lived.
    When not out in the field join us in the classroom to view the most beautiful objects in the night sky by learning to operate remote telescopes that are in special areas around the globe that are free of light pollution. Professional grade telescopes that are user-friendly and easy to operate adding to the astrophotography workshop as it gives everyone the possibility to take close-up images of famous objects such as the Orion nebula, the Horsehead Nebula, the Crab Nebula, the Andromeda galaxy and much more.

    We will demonstrate how to access and control these remote telescopes to capture your very own deep sky images of galaxies, star clusters, nebulae and more. We will explain post processing techniques for astrophotography and the techniques of stacking and aligning your images to generate beautiful images of the sky.

    The Astrophotography workshop will focus on these subjects during the week.

    • Night Photography
    • Moab and Southeast Utah by Day
  • Night Skies with SLR Camera Star Tracking systems
  • Remote Telescopes around the world

    Moab and Southeast Utah by Day
    Moab Astrophotography Workshop

    The unique landscape of the Moab area with the La Sal mountains in the background creates colorful images during the day

    By day we will explore this beautiful area of the country with our landscape lenses. The area has so many unique locations to offer photographers, whether it is natural arches carved in the sandstone over millions of years, beautiful vistas overlooking the valley far below or interesting ruins from another lifestyle. During the week, we plan to visit the most photogenic locations of Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Deadhorse State park and the Bears Ears National Monument.

    Night Photography
    At night, especially around a new moon, it is very dark, therefore it is possible to photograph beautiful red rock canyons and red sandstone arches by using warm light sources at night together with exposures of up to 30 seconds to bring out faint details of abundant stars and the Milky Way.

    Correct illumination and exposure can present quite a challenge for a photographer – we will guide you through every step. The result is very impressive; you will notice details in your pictures which would be impossible to observe in real life.  When you add in the warm red colors of the sandstone landscape, the result is quite spectacular.

    Night Skies with SLR Camera Star Tracking systems
    Moab Astrophotography Workshop

    The Orion nebula taken with a Nikon D810A SLR and a 300mm f/4 with a tracking system. 12 images totaling 6 minutes of exposure.

    Lenses with short focal lengths can do wonders in capturing both landscapes and stars in less than one minute, however there are many stunning objects such as the Orion nebula, the Pleiades or the Horsehead Nebula that only reveal their detailed structure with larger lenses. We now need to take a closer look at the sky with higher magnification.

    It is then that we start noticing the movement of the sky – stars are no longer round and appear as unwanted streaks in our image. Of course, the stars are not moving, it is the rotation of the earth that is now the issue and to compensate for this, we need to replace our tripod with more sophisticated tools. This is where equatorial mounts with tracking capabilities come the necessity.

    Our astrophotography workshop provides all the necessary tools and expertise – carefully selected sites, mounting your camera and long lens to an astro-mount, polar alignment, selecting stellar targets to image, choosing best camera settings, optimizing the number of images to take and finally stacking and processing images with dedicated software.

    By using these techniques, we can create beautiful images never thought possible with SLR cameras and give you ample opportunity to discover the night sky.

    Remote Telescopes around the world
    Take a gigantic step into the universe– by remotely controlling professional observatory telescopes which will take you deep into our milky way, exploring star clusters and nebulae. These observatory telescopes are in various locations across the globe, giving you access to night sky conditions almost at any time of day. The advantage of having remote telescopes in both the Northern and Southern hemisphere becomes apparent as you now have 360 degree access to a myriad of celestial objects.
    Moab Astrophotography Workshop

    Learn to control remote telescopes located around the world and create beautiful deep sky images.

    The power of these telescopes clearly become evident when you learn to take images of distant galaxies and emission nebula, globular clusters and planetary nebulae, and how to process these images in magnificent resolution with astro software and Photoshop.

    At the end of the astrophotography workshop you will be able to operate the remote telescopes yourself and enjoy the capabilities from anywhere there is an Internet connection, capturing celestial close-ups with all beautiful colors in glorious details.



    Moab Astrophotography Workshop was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by Matt Shetzer