Lectures @ cedic '15
Lectures (Lecture language is English!)
Near-field cosmology with small telescopes
Dr. David Martinez-Delgado is well known for his scientific work in collaboration with serious amateur astrophotographers. In this presentation David will give an overview over his current projects with robotic telescopes in collaboration with astrophotographers:
- the search for tidal streams
- the search for missing satellites in the Milky Way and M31
- dwarf galaxy hunting in nearby spiral galaxies
A comparison of these observations with the predictions from the Cold Dark Matter theory is given and the impact of these observations in this research topic is discussed.
Speaker: David Martinez-Delgado
Under the Northern Lights
Northern Lights, aka Aurora Borealis, is one of the most exciting phenomena of the night sky, with curtains of light moving all around the sky in an unpredictable way. Imaging and timelapsing aurora is not easy for the first time because of the many differences respect to all other astronomical imaging. The author will show the main technical solutions, the best places and dates to go, and some of the results collected in his two trips to Norway.
Speaker: Lorenzo Comolli
Enhancing Deep LRGB Images
In this lecture Martin describes his workflow of creating deep exposed, high-resolution LRGB images and enhancing them with narrowband data while preserving natural colour balance. Various methods of combining broadband and narrowband (Ha/OIII) data in Photoshop will be discussed in detail.
Speaker: Martin Rusterholz
A Public Space Telescope for Private Astronomy and Education
Public Space Telescope is the first space telescope to the public and thus opens the window to the universe for everyone. Public Telescope is making astronomical observations from space commercially available for amateur astronomers, educational institutions, scientists and private people. As a German space mission, it conveys a positive image of German engineering and entrepreneurship in the world, which sponsors and supporters can also take benefit from. The space telescope is currently in conception phase. Launch date is planned for 2018.
Speaker: Heiko Wilkens
Fine-tuning exposure times
Is there such a thing as an optimal exposure time in deep sky imaging? How long should you make your sub-exposures? How many exposures should you take? What is the impact on the final image? Let's discuss a few details that may help you on your next session!
Speaker: Ilias Ntagioglou
Chasing Faint Objects - Image Processing Tips and Tricks
Astrophotography is all about capturing light from distant objects. The increasing quality of today's equipment for amateurs allows to capture objects that were unreachable a few years ago. This talk focuses on revealing the very faint objects in astronomical images and presents processing strategies to merge the additional dynamic range into an aesthetic image.
Speaker: Fabian Neyer
Planetary Nebulae
This lecture discusses a class of intriguing objects that are particularly good targets for narrowband imaging. It includes what planetary nebula are, how they are formed, what their various shapes and features signify, and some tips as to how best to image them.
Speaker: Don Goldman
Creating stunning and natural looking astro images
Iván Éder discusses all important aspects of how to create a really good looking astrophoto, while keeping its naturality. The first step is the importance of planning including object choice and framing. Image processing plays of course a very important role. Ivan will give helpful processing tips, including balancing the colors, balancing the stars and nebulae using Photoshop.
Speaker: Iván Éder
All you need to know about CCD cameras
Understand all CCD camera parameters and their importance and validity in both narrowband and broadband imaging including fundamental astrophotographer's math, general tips for successful CCD astrophotography.
Speaker: Pavel Pech
Potentials of high-end DSLRs in a CCD dominated environment
There seems to be a tendency that the next level up for novice astrophotographers is to switch from an entry-level or mid-range DSLR to a (monochromatic) CCD camera. There can be no denying many of today's experienced deep-sky astrophotographers work with dedicated CCD cameras. In this lecture the potentials of astrophotography with high-end consumer DSLRs will be explored and compared to CCD cameras.
Speaker: Maurice Toet
CEDIC Team goes Chile - How to maximize the output of a astrophotography journey
This lecture is not a traditional travelling report with nice images from four guys who made their first images of southern beauties. The speaker will focus on the question how you can maximize the output of such a trip. Since most of us are not able to visit the southern skies on a regular basis, detailed planning and coordination is a necessity. The speaker will give a deep insight into object planning strategies and how to successfully run up to ten cameras in parallel to gather enough raw data for a whole year of image processing! Also the new features of the CCD-Guide software are shown, which can assist you in detailed object planning for your next journey.
Speaker: Bernhard Hubl
The lecture agenda will be updated regularely and is subject to errors and changes.