Events

  • Warren Keller Fall 2018 Workshop

    California here we come! Warren Keller and Ron Brecher are teaming up to present a 3-day workshop, September 28-30, 2018 at Astro-Hutech in Lake Forest, California. This is a convenient commute for many imagers, whether from home or SNA and LAX airports. Register today!

    The cost for three full days of PI instruction is $595.00 USD. Registration is now open and is limited to about 20 attendees. Take your PI skills to the next level, working in an intimate setting with personal attention from two experts. Follow the link below for a detailed agenda, accommodation information, and to register. Consider that with the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) back in 2019, we'll not be able to repeat this class next year!

    Things our students said

    “… 5 stars. You guys are exceptional.”
    Richard Payne
    “I LOVED the hands-on approach.”
    Prof. Samantha Blair
    “I liked the fact that you covered so many topics and included many tips and shortcuts.”
    Greg Piepol
    "Instructors were very personable, entertained questions, and were available for hands-on help and pointers.”
    Bob Taylor

    This Introductory-Level course will focus on the following objectives:

    • Get you comfortable in the PixInsight working environment
    • Demonstrate a simple workflow to produce a good-looking image from raw data
    • Reveal intermediate techniques for further improving your images
    • Build your skills by processing your own data, with individual coaching from the instructors

    While the course is aimed at those nearer the beginning of their PixInsight journey, astrophotographers of all skill levels will learn new tips and tricks for successful deep-sky astro-image processing.

    Day 1 focuses on learning the user interface and processing environment, and takes a simple data set through a complete processing workflow.

    On Days 2 and 3, we'll dig deeper, mining more complex tools and techniques to enhance your workflow. The workshop includes three 'Process Your Own Data' sessions where the instructors will provide targeted coaching and advice based on individual interests and needs. These are great opportunities for the more advanced processor to get what they need from Warren and Ron.

    Follow the link below for a detailed agenda, accommodation information, and to register. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you!

    Register Now

  • Party Under the Stars

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  • Join LAAS at the Boeing Santa Susana Field Lab Star Party- Sept. 15th!

    Join the Los Angeles Astronomical Society on September 15th at the Boeing Santa Susana Field Lab.  This is a rare opportunity to star party at this site, and with very few lights in the surrounding 2600 acre facility, it is sure to be an enjoyable night under the stars.

    We need 72 hours advance notice for equipment set up. If you are interested in bringing your equipment, please let us know by filling in this contact form, let us know what equipment you plan to bring and we'll be in touch with more details.

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  • Navigating the August 2018 Sky!

    Check out the sky wheel link below!

     

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  • Join us at Starlight Festival - Yerkes Observatory

    Starlight Festival 2018

    Yerkes Observatory - Williams Bay, WI

    Memorial Day Weekend

    This year's Starlight Festival will be held at the historic Yerkes Observatory, Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th.  This is a FREE event, open to the public.  Bringing together a community of scientists, writers, outreach volunteers and proponents of science and astronomy education with the leading retailers and manufacturers of telescopes, cameras, microscopes and science tools and toys this Festival is all about the importance of science in our every day lives, and continued advancements in education.   This year the event celebrates the 150th birthday of George Ellery Hale designer of the massive 40" refractor at Yerkes.  This beautiful observatory located in the stunning Lake Geneva area of Wisconsin was founded in 1897 and has been operated by the University of Chicago.  The college's funding for Yerkes may be at an end this year however and this could be a final chance to see the observatory up close.   In-depth tours of Yerkes, housing the world's largest refractor telescope, will be available during the festival.

    Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes is sponsoring featured speaker Dr. Linda Spilker, JPL Project Scientist for Cassini, at this year's Starlight Festival.   Launch in October 1997, Cassini spent two decades travelling through our solar system studying the fascianting planet of Saturn and in that time revealed only a small portion of all we had to learn.  That mission ended when the Cassini probe collided with Saturn in September 2017, sending invaluable data to NASA scientists about the ringed planet in it's final weeks.   Now that the mission has concluded, JPL and NASA scientists have processed the immense amount of data gathered uncovering previously unknown information.   Dr. Spilker will be discussing the incredible findings that the millions of gigabytes of data collected has revealed to us about Saturn, our solar system and the ongoing search for life beyond Earth.

    Other speakers at this year's festival include Dr. Seth Shostak and his search for extraterrestrial life, Samual D. Hale on the legacy of his grandfather the late George Ellery Hale who designed and oversaw the building of some of our nation's largest telescopes including the massive 40 inch refractor at Yerkes, discussions of astronomy outreach with Kosovo's Pranvera Hyseni, MIT Physics graduate and author Marcia Bartusiak on the history and breakthroughs of astronomy and physics, Astronomy Magazine editor David Eicher on the importance of science literacy, and a live feed from Mt. Wilson Observatory with telescope operator Thomas Meneghini.

    The Starlight Festival is an event to highlight science, robotics and astronomy literacy, education and research.  This begins with our youth and showing them that science can be a fun and fascinating hobby or profession.  STEM activities and hands on projects will be there for kids of all ages to join in on.  Joining speakers at this year's show is Physicist Jerry Zimmerman, also known as Mr. Freeze, who will be demonstrating the "super cool" properties of Cyrogenics!   His entertaining and amazing show is fun for the entire family.    Science touches so many aspects of our lives including the Arts.   The festival welcomes space artist Carlos Hernandez and live music.

  • Avalon and PrimaLuceLab Products on display at AIC

     

  • September Star Party at Oak Canyon - September 23, 2017

    September's star party is this weekend! If you would like to join in and bring your own equipment, please plan to arrive well before dark between 6:30 and 8:30. The star party runs from 8:30 to 10:30 this month, is free and open to the public. Bring your family and friends for a night under the stars!

  • Seminar with Warren Keller at GMARS

    Join us at Riverside Astronomical Society's Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station.  Saturday, September 23rd 2017, Warren Keller will be with us for an in-depth seminar on the popular PixInsight software. More details on the day's schedule will be released soon.

    The fee for Saturday is $50 and includes:

    • A day with Warren Keller for a full education on PixInsight.  The day starts at 10am.
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Access to FREE camping under the beautifully dark skies at Goat Mountain from Friday to Sunday.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Space at this venue is extremely limited.  Register early!    Lunch and dinner provided courtesy of Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes for registered attendees.  More details including directions to GMARS will be provided to those who register.

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    Warren's easy to digest tutorial format has helped thousands of astronomers perfect their image capture and processing achieve new heights.  Check out all of Warren's video tutorials here.

  • June Star Party at Oak Canyon Park - June 17th, 2017

    June's Oak Canyon Park Star Party is on the 17th.   Set up time for those that would like to bring their own equipment starts at 6:30pm, star party starts at 8:30 and goes to 10:30pm. This event is family friendly and free! The Oak Canyon Astronomy Group does ask that all children be closely supervised to the sensitive nature of some of the equipment on site. Don't forget your red flashlights to keep your eyes dark adjusted!

     

  • Oak Canyon Park Star Party Dates - All 2017

    The Oak Canyon Astronomy Group has their star party dates for the remainder of 2017.  Please note that events are subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather.

    May 20, 2017: 8PM to 10PM
    June 17, 2017: 8:30PM to 10:30PM
    July 15, 2017: 8:30PM to 10:30PM
    August 12,2017:  9PM to 11:00PM
    September 23, 2017: 8:30PM to 10:30PM
    October 28, 2017: 7:00PM to 10:00PM
    November 25, 2017: 6:00PM to 9:00PM
    December 16, 2017: 6:00PM to 9:00PM - This date is a new moon! 
    Set up time for those bringing their equipment for viewing or imaging is two hours prior to the start times listed above.
    Be sure to follow the group on Facebook for up to date information on each event as each month rolls around, pictures, conversation with other group members and more.

     

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