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  • Solar Extravaganza Pt.2 - LIVE September 26th 

    LIVE STREAM September 26th - 12PM PT

    To celebrate the new Solar Cycle (25) we decided to go all out on another live stream dedicated to Solar Astronomy!

    Returning is Claude Plymate from the Big Bear Solar Observatory with one of his presentation. Also joining us from the United Kingdom, is Gary Palmer with a break down on processing and various other techniques. Last but not least will be the team from Daystar Filters with a talk on seeing the sun in different bands.

    The event will start at 12PM PT

    More information to follow shortly

     

  • CCD vs CMOS - The Big Debate

    Sept 12 2020
    Starts 12:00pm PT

    Join us in this interactive debate on CCD vs CMOS with Richard Wright followed by SBIG with various product offerings on both CCD & CMOS cameras.

    This will be a highly interactive audience participation so we expect to have a lot of questions, comments and heat arguments! After all, who's side are you on?

    3rd guest to be announced later.

    Subscribe and hit the notification bell when we go live.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/WHCameraandTelescope

     

     

  • Focusing on Astronomy - LIVE on YouTube

    Saturday Aug 29 2020
    Starts 12:00pm PST

    Join us for an other live session as we dive into your astronomy equipment and what you might be missing.

    Chuck from Chucks Astrophotography will be kicking things off with how to best use your equipment.

    Wayne from Starlight Instruments explains why your focuser may not be as good as it claims.

    Finally Greg Marshall from Wa-Chur-Ed observatory will be explaining cable management and why its so important.

    If you havent already subscribed, go to our YouTube Channel and subscribe to be notified when we are live!

    https://www.youtube.com/user/WHCameraandTelescope

    Chuck's Astrophotography

    A retired IT and Internet advertising professional who has always loved the stars, Chuck Ayoub is an avid astrophotographer who shoots incredible deep-sky images from his backyard in Detroit, Michigan. Using his astrophotography rigs and his arsenal of narrowband filters and processing techniques, Chuck collects the ancient light cutting through the city of Detroit's light pollution of nebulae and galaxies that leave us inspired to look up and explore, proving that you can be a highly productive astrophotographer from almost anywhere.

    Followed by thousands of his fans on social media with his popular program "Chuck's Astrophotography" on YouTube"

    Wayne Schroeder

    I and the Operations Manager for Starlight Instruments and have been with Starlight since 2009.   Previously I worked in the auto industry for over 21 years.  People ask why I got into astronomy and my answer is because of the people.  I have got to know a lot of fascinating people with my time at Starlight Instruments.  I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level whether they are an astronaut or a truck driver, it does not matter to me as everybody has a special story about them.  NEAF is my most favorite event as I get to meet up to 1000 people in a 2 day period.  At Starlight Instruments we strive for perfection as my motto is:  our parts work the 1st time and every time.  Knowing that 1 of our focusers was up on the International Space Station and that I got to test it before it was shipped was very special.   I take great pride in knowing the quality of the Feather Touch focusers and Howie Glatter laser collimators meet/exceed our customers’ expectations is what I strive for!

    Greg Marshall

    Greg is an engineer with over 40 years experience in designing digital electronics, specializing in image capture and processing.  Since retiring from Xerox in 2010 he has been developing products specifically for astronomy and astrophotography.  He began doing astrophotography in 2005 and now spends whatever free time he has capturing and processing deep-space photos, primarily using narrowband filters.  He is a member of the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) in Portland, OR, and leads RCA's astro-imaging special interest group.  His current astro gear includes a Paramount MyT, William Optics FLT-132, and ASI1600MM with Astrodon filters.

     

  • YouTube Live talk with Emil Kraaikamp - REPLAY

  • LIVE Stream Aug 8th - Stacking plus CCD vs CMOS

    Join us on Saturday August 8th 2020 at 11:00am for a live stream on YouTube.

    11:00am PT Emil Kraaikamp
    01:00pm PT Adam Block
    05:00pm PT Christopher Go
    The live stream will be split into a later day since Christopher Go is pretty much on the other side of the world to us. We will fill in the time between with various tutorials so the live stream does not stop!
    Confused with times? Check out: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ to convert to different timezones!

    You dont want to miss out on this as we dive into AutoStakkert with Emil Kraaikamp, the maker of the famous stacking program that we all love!

    Adam Block will be joining us for our Live Stream even and will talk about CCD vs CMOS, specifically in terms of calibration files using PixInsight.

    Later on the day, Christopher Go will be joining us with his talk on Work Flow.

    Due to work commitments, Richard Wright is currently unable to present. Stay tune for an update.

    If you havent already subscribed, go to our YouTube Channel and subscribe to be notified when we are live!

    https://www.youtube.com/user/WHCameraandTelescope

     

  • SERIOUS ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY - AFFORDABLE PRICE

    Join us on July 22nd as we explore serious astrophotography equipment at an affordable price.

    STARLIGHT XPRESS

    Mike from Starlight Xpress will be introducing a new design on the ever popular SX series cameras. The CCD world is not dead and will not die as the Sony CCD sensors still lead the way in best performance over price. Plus stay tuned for promo pricing that is only good for 48 hours!!

     

     

    PRIMALUCELAB

    Filippo and Tom from PrimaLuceLab will be doing a US First Look at the ARCO rotator for any telescope, allowing you to remotely and effectively frame your shots. Perfect for those who are looking into getting the best image angle no matter which way your telescope or mount is facing!

     

     

    LOSMANDY

    Getting to <1” Tracking Results: Tips and Tricks featuring Losmandy GOTO mounts

    Achieving sub-arcsecond mount tracking is often a major milestone for many astrophotography enthusiasts, but there is often no clear path on how to achieve it. Losmandy will cover approaches and tips to improve your results. We will cover approaches that combine mount setup, periodic error correction, guiding settings, and other tips. The talk will feature Losmandy GOTO mounts, but many of the details are applicable to any mount or guiding setup. 

     

     

     

    To view our Live Stream on YouTube, Click on the link below and remember to LIKE & SUBSCRIBE so you know when we are LIVE!

    https://www.youtube.com/user/WHCameraandTelescope

    SCHEDULE

    11:00am PrimaLuceLab - ARCO and Beyond

    12:30pm Starlight Xpress - The Blue Beyond

    2:00pm Losmandy - Tips and Tricks featuring Losmandy GOTO mounts

  • Youtube Live - July 8th - QHYCCD, Optec & Inside ALPACA - Jeff Dickerman, Michael Barber, Bob Denny, Daniel Van Noord

    Join Telescopes.net with QHYCCD on a new product announcement that will revolutionize the planetary camera market as well as a look at the NEW QHY600 series astronomy cameras.
    Also, a world first live demonstration of ALPACA in action with Bob Denny, Jeff Dickerman & Daniel Van Noord. This is a presentation not to be miss as we will be conducting a live Q&A session on the workings of ASCOM ALPACA. The highlight of this event is the team will show how ALPACA works and is implemented into a current system. ASCOM ALPACA is fast becoming the standard in cross platform conformity. Are you ready for ALPACA?
    Don't forget to subscribe and ring the notification bell to be notified of live streams! We have a talk at least once a month!
    SCHEDULE
    12:00pm - 01:00pm (PT) - QHYCCD THE DEFINITIVE PLANETARY IMAGING CAMERA
    01:30pm - 03:30pm (PT) - OPTEC & ASCOM ALPACA with live Demonstration (This scheduled event may run over time)
    Michael Barber
    Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in Entrepreneurship, International Business, Public Speaking, Marketing and Management. Strong business development professional with emphasis on international business particularly between the United States and Asia with a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Barbara College of Law as well as a Master's Degree and Postgraduate Study. Michael currently serves as Director of Marketing for QHYCCD in the United States where he is well known and a respected member of the Astronomy community. Michael is best known for his work as co-founder of SBIG, Inc.
    Jeff Dickerman
    Jeff Dickerman
    Jeff Dickerman joined Optec in 1988 and is primarily responsible for sales, service, and new product development.  Jeff has been president of the company since 2008 when he and Tina purchased the corporation from Jerry Persha. His hard work ensures that every aspect of Optec runs smoothly and efficiently. Jeff was instrumental in the acquisition of Alnitak Astrosystems in 2011 and continues to look for opportunities to bring products of exceptional quality to the astronomy.
    Daniel Van Noord
    Daniel Noord
    Daniel Van Noord is an amateur astronomer and software engineer with a dual degree from Calvin College.  A native of Grand Rapids, Daniel has a lifelong love for astronomy and computers.  During his years at Calvin, Daniel developed an automated variable star discovery and identification program for the large database of accumulated images.
    He is the lead architect and programmer for all Optec drivers and software products.
    Dan's extensive knowledge of observatory controls and telescope systems makes him uniquely qualified to lend assistance to astronomers worldwide seeking to configure and adjust their control computers, write scripts for automation, or handle more complex projects in a friendly and professional manner.
    Bob Denny
    Bob Denny
    Bob Denny (fl. late 20th century) is an American software developer who writes software for robotic telescope and remote telescope systems. He is the inventor of the Astronomy Common Object Model (ASCOM) standard, which has resulted in the easy availability of freeware device drivers for telescopes, telescope focusers, and astronomical observatory domes and enclosures.
    Denny is also noted for developing the first web server software for Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, and NT 4 (Windows HTTPd), as the inventor of the Windows Common Gateway Interface which allows Visual Basic to be used as a web server back-end language, the first Java web server back-end system, and as the author of the O'Reilly WebSite Pro web server. He is a uniformed/armed volunteer for the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's office.
    SCHEDULE
    12:00pm - 01:00pm (PT) - QHYCCD THE DEFINITIVE PLANETARY IMAGING CAMERA
    01:30pm - 03:30pm (PT) - OPTEC & ASCOM ALPACA with live Demonstration (This scheduled event may run over time)
  • Working With 35mm FILM & DIGITAL Sponsored by Fujifilm

    We will be live on our Youtube channel June 27th for a special presentation from FujiFilm on 35mm film and digital photography. We will be joined by Caroline Tran, Los Angeles wedding and portrait photographer, and Savage to discuss mobile lighting techniques.

    11:00am - 12:00pm Caroline Tran
    12:30pm - 01:30pm Fujifilm
    02:00pm - 03:00pm Savage Lighting Video Presentation

    Here are the Freebies that we are GIVING AWAY

    3x Fujifilm Surprise Film Pack
    1x Instax Surprise Pack
    1x Sirui Swift M1 Phone Gimbal

    You must be watching the Live Stream to WIN.

    To Win, you must be watching and participating on the Live Stream via YouTube.
    Winners will be selected at random during the talk. Giveaway open to US Residents only. No Cash Value. No Purchase required.

    Wedding Portrait Photography 35mm Film

    Caroline Tran

    I am a Los Angeles Wedding and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer. I found photography when I picked up an art minor while getting my Bachelor of Science in Physics. Photography continued as a hobby as I got my Masters of Education at UCLA. I then went on to become a high school Physics teacher, while photographing my coworkers and friends during my free time. My work spread through word of mouth, with help from the wonderful internet, and within six months, I found myself with a fully booked calendar of paid clients! I continued to teach full time for a few more years while running my business but eventually gave up teaching to be my own boss. Since then, I have had the privilege of shooting some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met, and the most beautiful locations all around the world. My work can be seen internationally in print and online publications. The most satisfying part of what I do is the connections I get to make with my clients in order to create imagery that tells their stories in depth.

     

    Why Film isn't Dead

    Fujifilm

    Since Fujifilm's founding in 1934 as a photographic film manufacturer, we have expanded to become an innovative leader in a variety of business fields. Known throughout the film industry for its 35mm and 120 film, Fujifilm continues its legacy into the 21st century with the new resurgence of film.

     

    Studio Lighting and Mobile Lighting
    Savage Universal

    Video Presentation

    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

  • June 17th - Hardcore Astronomy (Not for the faint of Heart)

    Event times: 12PM-3:30PM Pacific Time

    Check out our Youtube Channel here!

    BOB DENNY - ASCOM ALPACA

    Bob Denny (fl. late 20th century) is an American software developer who writes software for robotic telescope and remote telescope systems. He is the inventor of the Astronomy Common Object Model (ASCOM) standard, which has resulted in the easy availability of freeware device drivers for telescopes, telescope focusers, and astronomical observatory domes and enclosures.

    Denny is also noted for developing the first web server software for Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, and NT 4 (Windows HTTPd), as the inventor of the Windows Common Gateway Interface which allows Visual Basic to be used as a web server back-end language, the first Java web server back-end system, and as the author of the O'Reilly WebSite Pro web server. He is a uniformed/armed volunteer for the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's office.

     

    BRUCE WADDINGTON - PHD2

    In 2013 the project maintenance role transitioned to the current maintainers, Andy Galasso and Bruce Waddington, who have overseen the development of the application since then. The application today is the result of contributions from more than 40 developers and translators. See Help – About in the PHD2 menu for the full list of contributors.

    Bruce has contributed a new PHD2_Broker package that lets you use PHD2 with the latest CCD Autopilot automation package (v 5.09.8 or later). You can manage your imaging sessions with CCD Autopilot while letting PHD2 handle guiding and dithering in a coordinated way. Details are provided in the help document that’s part of the Broker package

     

    RICHARD WRIGHT - THESKYX

    Richard Wright is a software developer by trade and an avid astronomer and astrophotographer at heart. His training led him to Software Bisque where he currently develops software to run observatories and telescopes worldwide along with camera plug-ins and other device interfaces to streamline astrophotography. Richard is also a frequent contributor to astronomy publications like Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Technology Today, and Amateur Astronomy Magazine and has given numerous talks on astrophotography, Software Bisque's products, and his software.

    Times
    12:00pm - 01:00pm - BRUCE WADDINGTON - PHD2
    01:15pm - 02:15pm - RICHARD WRIGHT - THESKYX
    02:30pm - 03:30pm - BOB DENNY - ASCOM ALPACA

     

    (Heart Nebula - Mirko Maher)

  • SpaceX Demo-2 Mission - Historic First US Crewed Launch Since 2011

    UPDATE:

    Due to concerns on weather, the launch scheduled for May 27th was scrubbed.  The launch is rescheduled to May 30th or May 31st, and we will be providing an updated link for live viewing here.  Fingers crossed for clearer weather!

    SpaceX and NASA will be launching a history mission to the ISS. This launch is the first crewed mission the USA has had since 2011 and is expected to usher in a new era of US space exploration. Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken are set to launch at 4:33 pm ET today, 1:33pm Pacific. Watch it live.

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