Intro to Astrophotography, August 29-September 2, 2024


Tuition: Single $450, Couple $800
Deposit: $0
Dates: August 29- September 2, 2024
Type of Excursion: Workshop
Skill Level: All Levels
Duration: 4 days
Group Size Min: 4 Max: 7

  • Astrophotography
  • Exposure for Astrophotography
  • Equipment
  • Planning
  • Image Processing for Astro
  • Workflow
  • Filters, Time Lapse, & Long Exposure

  • Instruction, image review & feedback
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Meals – prepared as group and/or individual

  • Transportation to/from home and workshop location
    (Idaho location provided at registration)
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal snacks
  • Personal items & expenses
  • Travel insurance (recommended)


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The Sky Calls To Us

– Carl Sagan

Join Mike Shipman under the dark rural skies of Idaho to learn the basics of astrophotography and make your own amazing photographs of space. Over the course of four nights and three days, we’ll cover planning an astrophotography session, equipment, image processing, and recording data in a log book for repeatability and posterity. Astrophotography can be accomplished with minimal equipment. If you have a camera, lens, tripod, and a remote shutter release you can set timed exposures with, you can do astrophotography. You can also use a smartphone, but I won’t be covering that option during this workshop. Your lens can be wide angle (14mm – 70mm) or telephoto (70mm+), zoom or prime. Lenses with the capability of an aperture of f4 or larger (f3.5, 3.2, 2.8, 1.8, 1.4) provide more light-gathering, but are not required. Wide angle lenses allow for some landscape features to be included if desired, and take in larger portions of the sky. Telephoto lenses let you zoom in to details, such as craters on the moon or sunspots. Astrophotography isn’t just about the night sky and we’ll be photographing the sun during the day.

I will bring my telescopes and mounts to demo and look through. It might be possible for participants to make a set of exposures of their own. We’ll see. I’m also in negotiation with a vendor to have some demo units available. But even if that doesn’t happen, the equipment you bring will be enough to make some astrophotographs of the sun, Andromeda Galaxy, constellations, star clusters, maybe make some star trail photos and time lapse sequences. The moon will set before the sun, so the sky will be completely dark.

Accommodations and instruction are provided. Meals will be prepared on site. I’ll survey participants ahead of time regarding any meal preferences and dislikes before going on a grocery run. The hours of this workshop will be afternoons and late nights, sleeping in until mid-to-late morning. The last night will not be a late one to accommodate for driving home.

The location is rural Cascade, Idaho deep far from interfering light pollution. There is a maximum of 7 for this workshop with room sharing, a maximum of 3 singles.

This is a non-smoking workshop. If you have any questions, please Contact Me.