• TELESCOPES.NET Live Stream on YouTube Nov 7th

    Our next live stream session will be featuring a new astronomy group known as STELA, an group of like minded women who are into Astrophotography.

    Members who will be participating will give their views and thoughts, as well as tips and tricks.

    We will also have tutorials for everyone to enjoy and watch.

    12:00pm PRESHOW
    1:00pm Astro Amy - Setting up image train + Tips and Tricks (on going during event)
    1:30pm Blackrock Castle Astronomy - Running an Observatory
    2.30pm Stella.Astro - Who am I and who is STELA.

    Live stream starts at 1PM PT on Saturday Nov 7th 2020

    Make sure you subscribe and click the bell icon for a reminder of when we are live.

  • TELESCOPES.NET LIVE STREAM - Oct 10 - Visual Astronomy

    Live stream starts at 12PM PT on Saturday Oct 10th 2020

    Make sure you subscribe and click the bell icon for a reminder of when we are live.

    We will also be broadcasting live alongside the Explore Alliance Network to create an all day event that will span the entire globe!

    This live stream focuses on Visual Astronomy and what to expect as well as outreach.

    Our very own resident telescope expert, Daniel Mounsey aka Doctor D, will be joining us with a run down on all things visual.

    Jon Isaac will be doing an open discussion on eyepieces and star hoping, a method used widely by many to find different objects in the skies.

    Plus we also have Kevin from Focus Astronomy with Outreach and how it has changed for todays environment. Kevin has long since been at the forefront of outreach and has made changes in his process to service the community and continue to wave the flag for outreach astronomy.



  • 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: 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!



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


    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!!




    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!




    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!


    11:00am PrimaLuceLab - ARCO and Beyond

    12:30pm Starlight Xpress - The Blue Beyond

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

  • 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


    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

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  • 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 (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.



    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 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.

    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


    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.

  • Live Talks - May 13th - Everything Solar Astronomy!

    Wednesday, May 13th, we’ll be hosting a YouTube live talk series on solar from how to capture, solar weather, eclipses and how to process those solar images and videos for the best results.  The Sun is our nearest star and a fascinating celestial object to study.  More details on speakers and schedules coming soon.


    All times noted are Pacific.

    8am - 12pm: LIVE SOLAR DEMO with STEPHEN RAMSDEN. This is pending clear skies, fingers crossed. In the event of clouds, Stephen does have a great solar presentation lined up as well.

    12pm - 1pm - JEN WINTER DAYSTAR

    1:30pm - 2:30pm CLAUDE PLYMATE

    2:45 - 4:45pm SIMON TANG Solar Image Processing Techniques and Tips featuring DayStar Quarks



    Stephen W. Ramsden is the founder and Director of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, a nonprofit 501c3 active in 27 countries around the globe.   Stephen is an expert in solar spectroscopy and narrowband solar imaging and observation.
    Co-winner of the very first Astro Oscar, Jen Winter has minor planet 37601VicJen named for her and her late husband Vic, for their outreach efforts.  A former editor of the Astronomical League Reflector and JPL Solar System Ambassador she has been an astrophotographer since 1998 with several APOD, magazines and textbook published works. Jen was found of the not-for-profit StarGarden Foundation for Astronomy outreach.  Jen has witnessed 11 total and 2 annular solar eclipses and has flown in Russia's zero gravity aircraft at Moscow's Space City training facility.
    In her early astronomy career Jen formed Astronomical Tours, a company which organized and led dozens of international eclipse and astronomical expeditions.  She led the Southern Skies Star Party on the shores of Lake TIticaca for 12 years.  She chartered cruise ships, yachts, passenger aircraft, camels and cargo vessels to all 7 continents.  She even found a meteorite on one of these eclipse trips. Wherever Jen led a group, she always coordinated with locals to support local education and astronomy efforts.
    Now, as the owner of Daystar Filters since 2006, Jen designs and fabricates solar filters and telescopes at their growing manufacturing  facility.  Since she owned the company, she designed modernized production and testing equipment and methodologies.  Her new innovations in product design have brought down the cost of entry for mid to large aperture H-alpha solar observing.   Jen and her team today develop and build customized solutions for some of the world's top researchers both on earth and in space.
    Claude Plymate has over three decades of experience working in the field of solar astronomy. 
    He is currently the Telescope Engineer and Chief Observer for the Big Bear Solar Observatory's 
    1.6 meter Goode Solar Telescope. Prior to that, Claude was the Engineering Physicist and Site 
    Manager for the National Solar Observatory’s (NSO) McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope on Kitt 
    Peak, AZ.  
    Claude discovered his passion for astronomy and an understanding of how the Universe works 
    from attending an introductory astronomy course in college taught by a prof with an infectious 
    enthusiasm for the subject. That led to changing his major to Physics/Astronomy and instilling a 
    determination to make astronomy the focus of his life both professionally as well as personally. 
    While working for the NSO, Claude was given the opportunity to return to school for his 
    Master's degree. His thesis research focused on infrared spectroscopy of the temperature 
    minimum region just above the solar photosphere. Results from his thesis, "Above Limb Imaging 
    of the 4.7-Micron Fundamental Rotation-Vibration CO Lines", were presented at the 2004 
    meeting of the American Astronomical Society.  
    All through his career, he has tried to remember the enthusiasm and excitement that originally 
    drew him to the subject and has tried to pass that along to others by leading tours of the 
    telescopes he's worked at, by taking telescopes out to the public ("sidewalk astronomy"), joining 
    and serving as an officer in local astronomy clubs and giving public lectures. 
    Over the years, Claude has had the honor of working with and developed various astronomical 
    instruments including the NSO/Kitt Peak Fourier Transform Spectrometer, Adaptive Optics (for 
    both solar and planetary use), Infrared Dual-Beam Spectropolarimeters and a Lunar 
    Coronagraphic Telescope for mapping the Moon's Sodium Exosphere. His work was recognized 
    by being awarded the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Innovation and 
    Technology Award for 2001. 

    Born in London, UK, Simon originally worked within the TV & Film industry before discovering Astronomy a little over 4 years ago. His passion for making the invisible, visible earned him the name of the Stupid Astronomer.  This moniker is not because of his antics or idiocy, but from the willingness to do things to better the understanding of various areas within the field of astrophotography and to pass on the information to others to help avoid the same mistakes.

    After gaining notoriety for his APOD of the ISS transit during a solar eclipse, Simon has spent a lot of time doing solar imaging and perfecting his own technique and workflow.

    This presentation will show case the Daystar Quark Gemini and the processing techniques used in order to achieve as much as possible while understanding the basics. The presentation will focus primarily on processing of data.


  • Youtube Live - May 2nd 2020 - Alex McConahay, Chris Hendren, Tom Field, Scott Roberts Presents Dan Skoff


    Saturday, May 2nd join us on our YouTube channel for an afternoon of live talks from Chris Hendren, Tom Field, Scott Roberts with meteorologist Dan Skoff, Tanya Kennelly with Losmandy, and Alex McConahay.  We'll be covering topics from astrophotography, spectroscopy, how to monitor weather like a pro, and the best equipment to choose to capture and perfect those images in celebration of the International Day of Astronomy!

    Thanks to our speakers we have some awesome giveaways!  You must be watching to participate and win.

    Explore Scientific: 25mm 100 Degree Waterproof Eyepiece

    Tom Field: Periodic Table of Spectra Poster


    All times noted are Pacific.  Time will be allowed for question and answer during and following each presentation. 

    12:00 - 12:45 - Tom Field Capture Scientific Spectra with your Telescope or DSLR

    Tom Field has been an amateur astronomer for almost30 years. He is a Contributing Editor at Sky & Telescope. Tom says, “My goal is to introduce spectroscopy to amateurs at all skill levels. Most of our community have no idea how easy and incredibly exciting the field can be.”He is a compelling speaker, making his topic interesting and accessible.

    It’s easy to capture scientific data with just a DSLR or a small telescope and astronomical camera. Are you looking for a new way to use your current imaging setup? Or perhaps you’ve never captured astronomical images but want to learn how to capture scientific data of the stars?  Years ago, it was difficult to capture spectra of stars, but these days it’s surprisingly easy. It doesn’t require expensive equipment, or a PhD, dark skies, long exposures, or enormous aperture!  This webinar will show you how you can join the thousands of amateurs who have discovered how much fun capturing the spectra of stars can be. Learn how you too can determine the composition of distant stars, measure the temperature of stars, detect the Methane atmosphere on Uranus or the red shift of quasars. This talk, with lots of interesting examples, will show you what it’s all about and help you understand how spectroscopy is used in research. We’ll also briefly discuss the equipment you need and how to get started.

    1:00 - 01:45 - Scott Roberts with Explore Scientific presents Meteorologist Dan Skoff

    KNWA/FOX 24's Chief Meteorologist and storm chaser, Dan Skoff, will be walking through processes to predict weather like a pro, helping you aim for clear and stable skies.  Dan's talk to brought to us by Explore Scientific.

    2:00 - 2:45 - Alex McConahay: Session Managers: Using SGP and Other Programs to Control an Evening of Imaging

    Alex’s first experience as an astronomer was as a 7-year old looking at Saturn through the Zeiss 12" refractor at Griffith Observatory in the 1950s. His first telescope was an 80 mm refractor, which he purchased in 1986 to view Halley’s comet. He discovered star parties while viewing Comet Hayakutake in 1995.

    He began attending the Riverside Astronomical Society meetings in Southern California and the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC), where he exhibited two hand-built telescopes, and was the recipient of an RTMC Merit Award. At the Riverside Astronomical Society, Alex has been a member of the Board of Trustees and has served for 4 years as its president, having previously been its Vice President, newsletter editor, and star party coordinator. He helped establish the Riverside Astro Imaging Group, the Riverside Astro Imaging Workshop (RAW), and the Nightfall Imaging Workshop. He also helped establish Alex has presented programs about astroimaging and astronomy in general at national parks, club meetings, and star parties and conferences across the country. He also has earned the status of Master Observer from the Astronomical League.

    Alex is a very experienced user of Sequence Generator Pro, which he uses to control his own equipment when taking images, and he's authored a book on the subject for Springer Nature: Using SGP and Friends.

    Alex is a retired school teacher and administrator and world traveler (50 states and 125 countries) who lives in Moreno Valley, California.

    Alex’s webpage is

    3:00 - 3:45 - Tanya Kennelly for Losmandy Astronomical

    Tanya and the team at Losmandy Astronomical have an announcement for you all.

    4:00 - 4:45 - Chris Hendren: Using Canon Cameras Both Day and Night

    Chris Hendren has been a Canon shooter since 2004 when he made the jump to digital imaging with the very first Digital Rebel. He is now on his 4th Canon body and focuses primarily on nature and night sky photography through different Canon lenses as well as through astronomical telescopes. His love for the night sky has led him to search for natural spaces from National Parks across the western US to exploring nature in his own backyard.

    We are planning on live talks at least once a month.  What you are waiting for?  Subscribe to our YouTube channel and don't forget the ring the notification bell!

  • Free Virtual Event! April 3-5, 2020 Christopher Go, Adam Block, Tim Russ, Richard Wright & More!

    Join us April 3rd, 4th and 5th! FREE lecture series with Tim Russ, Christopher Go, Adam Block and Richard Wright!

    Looking for April Deals? Click Here!

    Free online lecture series starts Friday April 3rd through Sunday April 5th.

    We will be joined by Christopher Go, Adam Block and Richard Wright and Tim Russ.  This event will be LIVE on the Woodland Hills Youtube channel starting at 12:30pm on Friday.  This is your chance to get in-depth, valuable information on astrophotography ranging from planetary imaging to deep sky imaging with processing tips and product recommendations.  Staff and speakers will be here to answer your questions and the store will be open all weekend online to help you find what you need.  Learn, perfect and expand on your hobbies!


    See the full schedule below.  All times noted are PST.

    Friday April 3rd:

    12:30pm PST - Daniel Mounsey talks Takahashi.  Ask Daniel all of your Takahashi related questions as he talks about his favorites from the Takahashi lineup.

    2pm PST - Adam Block The Universe at 9000ft: Art and Science of an Astrograph With a focus on the Takahashi Epsilon 180 located on Mount Lemmon, Adam will be discussing sky characteristics and light pollution and how they affect astronomy and imaging for all astronomers along with his work in astrophotography and the basics of creating a color image.

    4pm PST - Christopher Go: Planetary Imaging Essentials Part 1. Christopher will be discussing the basics of planetary imaging, his product recommendations and processing basics.


    Saturday April 4th:

    2pm PST - Christopher Go: Planetary Imaging Essentials Part 2.  Today's focus is a live imaging session of Mars and Jupiter from Christopher's Cebu, Philippines location.  Get in-depth information during this session on how Christopher captures and prepares for processing.


    Sunday April 5th:

    12:30pm PST - Simon Tang talks Starlight Xpress. Simon will be covering the ins and outs of Starlight Xpress' most popular cameras and accessories and will be answering your questions, live.

    1pm PST - Tim Russ!  We're excited to have Tim with us on Sunday.  Mr. Russ has been working as an actor, director and musician for the past thirty-five years.

    2pm PST - Richard Wright: Canon R and Canon Ra Comparison. Richard will be discussing digital astrophotography specifically with the mirrorless Canon R series of cameras and how images compare between the Canon R and Canon Ra.

    4pm PST - Christopher Go: Planetary Imaging Essentials Part 3.  The final part of this live planetary imaging lecture, watch and Christopher processes his Mars and Jupiter images in real time.  Get detailed information on how he processes and ask questions along the way to make the most of your planetary images!


    About Christopher Go

    Christopher is an avid astronomer and astrophotographer, who has been capturing images of planets since 2003.  Starting with the simple but effective ToUcam webcam to the advanced but affordable QHYCCD planetary imaging cameras available today, Christopher kept pace with the changing landscape of digital astrophotography as new and better cameras were released.   Christopher has given talks around the world and has inspired astronomers of all skill levels.

    About Tim Russ

    Tim's career in the performing arts has spanned more than three decades as a composer, director, actor and performer. His time on the screen including extensive involvement in the Star Trek franchise memorably as Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager and providing voice over for Star Trek games as well.  Tim's acting credits include: Live Free or Die Hard, The People Next Door, Star Trek Voyager, Samantha Who?, and iCarly.  Tim received an Emmy for his work as a director on public service ads for the Los Angeles FBI Field Office on intellectual property theft and cyber bullying.

    About Adam Block

    Adam Block

    Currently an astronomy researcher at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona Adam Block has had a life-long love for astronomy and has helped to expand astronomy as a hobby throughout the Southwest through education and research.  At a time when methods were untested in digital astrophotography, Adam has developed now tried and true methods for processing to share with fellow astronomers through his tutorials and lectures.

    About Richard Wright

    Richard Wright

    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.

    This event is free to attend!  Simply subscribe to our Youtube channel to be notified of live feeds, or pop in to our page at the times noted above.


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