AIC 2015 Speakers and Workshop Leaders



  • Rogelio Bernal Andreo
  • Adam Block
  • Ken Crawford
  • Dr. David Martinez-Delgado
  • Alan Friedman
  • R. Jay GaBany
  • Christopher Go
  • Tony Hallas
  • Pete Kalajian
  • Thierry Legault
  • Jerry Lodriguss
  • Terry Lovejoy
  • Fabian Neyer
  • Vicent Peris
  • Martin Pugh
  • Babak A. Tafreshi
  • Richard Wright
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    Rogelio Bernal Andreo

    Astrophotographer

    Advanced processing techniques



    In this workshop Rogelio will discuss the following techniques:
    • Star masks: how to build successful masks and when
      Star masks are a huge topic in astroimage post-processing. Whenever a star mask may be suitable at any given processing step, more often than not, the quality of such star mask, not the process itself, will determine success or failure. The problem is, every situation requires a unique mask, so "cooking recipes" on star masks don't often work well. Learn how to not depend on recipes, and utilize the skills that you will learn in this workshop to write with confidence your own "recipes" that work!

    • Pulling faint data from the noise floor
      This seems to be a continuous area of interest, no doubt. We all want our images to display more "data" than what we've been able to pull before. Make no mistake, you cannot get data from where there isn't any. However, there are techniques that help you reveal faint data while minimizing artifacts and we will cover some of these techniques in the workshop.



    • Building mosaics... of any size
      Building mosaics was a daunting task not long ago. The process has become a lot easier in the last few years thanks to new tools that do a lot of the hard work for us. Still, building a successful mosaic, especially a very large one, still requires additional skills not needed during single-frame processing. We will walk through one method for building a large mosaic that I use often, from planning to execution to processing, while discussing other alternatives.




    Rogelio was born in Spain but has been living in the United States for over 20 years.

    He commenced producing astronomical photographs seven years ago. His work has been featured on APOD 41 times, published in several astronomy publications, used in planetariums, astronomy exhibits at museums, and appeared in the IMAX/Warner Bros. motion picture production Hubble 3D.

    Rather than simply trying to obtain the best image, he constantly challenges himself to ensure the final picture connects with the viewer by focusing on composition and experimenting with new processing techniques. Interestingly, Rogelio does not have a permanent observatory so his imaging requires extensive traveling to dark sites.

    Visit Rogelio's web site at DeepSkyColors
     
     
     
    Adam Block

    Public Observing Programs Coordinator- Mt Lemmon SkyCenter,
    Astrophotographer, Columnist

    Color Color Color!




    Adam will show how color interacts with luminance images in Photoshop and Pixinsight in the production of LRGB images. Continuing from here, I will demonstrate the "Double Color" technique (see Astronomy Magazine, September 2014). Pixinsight' DBE will be highlighted as well as other color techniques for fixing color problems.



    Adam operates the public astronomy programs at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter. Located north of Tucson, this new science facility hosts one of the world's largest astronomical instruments dedicated to public use, the 32-inch Schulman telescope.

    Considered by many to be one of the World's best astrophotographers, Adam's photographic accomplishments are considerable. For example, his images have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines. They have been referenced by professional astronomers working at universities and leading research institutions including the Space Telescope Science Institute, ESO, and Calar Alto Observatory. Over fifty of Adam's pictures have been showcased by the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) web site and his images have also been used to decorate underpasses and signs for city improvements in his native city of Tucson.

    Click here to see Adam's gallery of SkyCenter images.
     
     
     
    Ken Crawford

    Astrophotographer
    2015 Hubble Award Recipient

    2015 Hubble Lecture








    Since 8th grade Ken Crawford has been pointing telescopes toward the night sky. In 1978 he married his lovely wife and high school sweet heart and moved to the foothills of Northern California where he found dark skies. He built his Rancho Del Sol Observatory in 2002 and started taking images of the deep sky. In 2004 Ken was one of the principle founders of The Advanced Imaging Conference, Inc and served as President since 2007 - 2014. He is still involved as Chairman of the board.

    In 2008, Ken was invited to sit on the NASA “Astronomy Picture of the Day" advisory committee to participate in the future planning and funding efforts of this amazing website. Ken was also the Chief Docent for the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory in Placerville, CA and is still involved as the equipment tech. Ken is also a coordinator of the local observing club called the Sierra Star Gazers that holds a monthly star party.

    In 2008, Ken sold his floor covering business, allowing more time to pursue his imaging interests.

    Ken Crawford’s images have been featured in numerous magazines, books, websites, movies, and public displays. To date, his images have been featured 33 times as the NASA “Astronomy Picture of the Day”. In 2008, Ken joined a professional, international research team headed by Dr. David Martinez-Delgado searching for galactic tidal streams which are the remnants of galaxy mergers. Ken’s images and contributions to this research resulted in being a coauthor on two Astronomical Journal publications. This Galactic Archaeology shows that real science can be done by amateurs with modest equipment, clear, dark skies and dedication.

    Ken loves to demonstrate how amateurs achieve professional results combining art and technology by giving invited talks throughout the country.

    You can see Ken Crawford’s images at his website www.imagingdeepsky.com
     
     
     
    Dr. David Martínez-Delgado
    Astrophysicist- University of Heidelberg (Germany)

    Galactic Archeology




    An international team of astronomers, led by Dr. David Martinez-Delgado,has identified enormous star streams on the periphery of nearby spiral galaxies and, for the first time, obtained deep images of galactic cannibalism- a process also believed to be occurring between the Milky Way and the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy.

    The team was joined by amateur astrophotographers who were responsible for obtaining the images that detected the streams. The collaboration demonstrates the potential for twenty-first century amateurs, armed with the latest technology, to participate in competitive international scientific projects.

    This presentation will provide an update on the team's progress.



    Dr. David Martinez-Delgado is an astronomer working at the Zentrum fur Astronomie of the University of Heidelberg (Germany). He was awarded with the Alexander Humboldt Foundation Fellow for Advance Research in 2010 at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomy for his project on stellar tidal streams. He has also worked in the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Tenerife, Spain) for more than 10 years.

    For the recent years, he has focused his research on the tidal destruction of dwarf galaxies in the halos of the Milky Way and other nearby spiral galaxies. Currently, he is leading the Stellar Tidal Stream Survey, a project in collaboration with a team of top amateur astrophotographers, a project with outstanding public outreach. He also has a large number of international collaborations with leading groups on galaxy evolution in Europe and USA. He was also serving as the coordinator of Spanish Professional-Amateur Collaboration for the Spanish Astronomical Society until 2012.
     
     
     
    Alan Friedman

    The world’s leading expert on solar imaging


    Sunstrokes




    A discussion of the practical, technical and aesthetic challenges facing the solar astro-photographer.



    Alan Friedman is an artist and avid solar astro-photographer who records our neighborhood star from his backyard in Buffalo, NY. His images of the sun, moon and planets have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day and appear frequently in print and digital publication. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including Into the Light, which ran concurrently with the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Orange County, CA and an upcoming show at the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA) in fall 2015. The portfolio of his solar photographs is represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe. His work and imaging techniques have been the subject of lectures and articles, a TED talk, interviews on MSNBC's TODAY show and in the book, Lessons From the Masters, edited by Robert Gendler for Springer Publishing.

    By day, Alan is president of Great Arrow Graphics, a greeting card publisher based in Buffalo, NY. He serves on the board of the Buffalo Astronomical Association and holds the title of Research Associate in Astronomy at the Buffalo Museum of Science. He is also a collector of vintage hats. To find out more, visit his website, avertedimagination.com.
     
     
     
    R. Jay GaBany
    Astrophotographer


    8 Ways to Intensify Color




    This presentation will explore the pros and cons of 8 different techniques you can employ to control the amount of color, from subtle to vivid, portrayed by your images without adding distracting noise or unwanted artifacts.



    R. Jay GaBany is a San Francisco, California Bay Area astrophotographer whose home is in San Jose. Jay's interest in astronomy began at a very young age when he watched Sputnik pass overhead while perched on his father's shoulders. An active visual observer for over thirty years, Jay traded his oculars for a CCD camera shortly following the turn of the 21st century.

    His initial attempts at imaging from a light polluted backyard were abandoned in favor of a remotely controlled observatory situated high in the south central mountains of New Mexico under pristine, clear, dark skies. For the past several years, Jay has been collaborating with an international team of professional astronomers, led by Dr. David Martínez-Delgado (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy), in search of stellar streams around nearby galaxies in addition to producing interesting deep sky images of familiar subjects.

    GaBany is a member of the Board of Directors for the annual Advanced Imaging Conference and a former member of the Kitt Peak Visitor Center Advisory Board. He has presented to American and European audiences, been interviewed on live radio, written almost fifty articles for the daily web magazine/blog called Universe Today, been featured in Wired and Discover magazine articles and received an award from the industry's leading astronomical camera manufacturer, SBIG. Over 90% of his astronomical images have been published in leading domestic and international magazines, books and television productions.

    In 2011, Jay was awarded the 2010 American Astronomical Society (AAS) Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award for his ongoing contributions to an international team of professional astronomers.

    In September of 2011, his image of NGC 3521, the Bubble galaxy, was selected by NASA to serve as the uncredited backdrop for the International Space Station Expedition 30 official crew portrait. A non-professional astrophotograph has been used for this purpose only one time before this.

    During the fall of 2012 and again in 2013, Jay was selected as one of the 25 most influential people in space by the Editors of TIME magazine.

    In the fall of 2015, GaBany published his first book with noted astrophotographer, author and AIC 2007 Hubble Recipient, Rob Gendler, titled Breakthrough! 100 Astronomical Images That Changed the World".

    Visit Jay's website: Cosmotography
     
     
     
    Christopher Go

    World famous producer of planetary images that rival pictures returned by space craft reconnaissance missions.


    High resolution planetary imaging




    This talk will discuss Equipment Requirements, Imaging Preparation, Imaging Secrets and Image Processing required to get the best planetary images.



    Christopher Go lives on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. He has been an amateur astronomer since 1986, the year of the return of Halley's Comet. He studied at the University of San Carlos where he received a BS in physics.

    Starting as an amateur astronomer with a 10X40 binoculars, Chris Go would later own several different telescopes. He currently uses a Celestron C14 for planetary imaging.

    Chris's main astronomical interests are planetary imaging, particularly of Jupiter and Saturn.

    In February 2006, Chris Go discovered that the white spot Oval BA of Jupiter (later called Red Spot Jr.) had turned red. He joined planetary scientists Imke de Pater and Phil Marcus to observe Jupiter in the spring of 2006 with the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also involved with follow-up Hubble and Keck observations of Jupiter.

    In 2008, he received the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers' prestigious Walter Haas Award. In June 3, 2010, he confirmed the Jupiter Impact that was observed by Anthony Wesley. Asteroid 2000 EL157 has been named 30100Christophergo.

    Professionally, he is a businessman into furniture manufacturing. He is married to Vicky and has four children: Steven, Kathlyn, Frances and Vincent.
     
     
     
    Tony Hallas
    Renowned Astrophotographer
    Columnist
    2009 Hubble Award Recipient


    Going Deep




    Tony's workshop will discuss:
    • the correlation between exposure length and number of individual frames combined into a final image;
    • a review of the asymptotic noise boundary;
    • several of his proprietary processing techniques and
    • the importance of contrast in the optical system




    Tony's astrophotographic career can be summarized as a series of firsts. For example, starting out over 25 years ago, he was one of the first to produce film-emulsion images using an auto-guider. Tony was also one of the first to champion the use of stacked astronomical images as a method that improved the final picture's signal to noise.

    Particularly during the early years of digital astrophotography, Tony's pictures were the reference to which digital imagers compared their images. Finally, to many in the community, Tony's images remain the first among equals in their aesthetic quality, composition and color! Tony's pictures have been published in countless magazines, television productions and books. He is a highly regarded speaker and the recipient of numerous, prestigious awards including the 2009 AIC Hubble Trophy.

    Visit Tony's web site
     
     
     
    Peter Kalajian
    Educator, Astrophotographer, Founder- Alnitak Astrosystems


    Advanced Astrophotography








    Pete is an avid amateur astronomer and astro-imager who is also a science teacher at a local small high-school. He has a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the Swinburne Astronomy Online program. Pete graduated from Cornell University in 1981 with an electrical engineering degree, but has since sworn off electrons for mechanical design. He’s much happier drawing in 3-D space than looking at schematics. He did all the mechanical design for Alnitak Astrosystems electroluminescent panel products. An avid amateur telescope maker, Pete’s bowling ball telescope won a first place in the special category in 2006 at Stellafane Convention. He is interested in spectroscopy and photometry.
     
     
     
    Thierry Legault

    World renowned producer of ultra-high resolution planetary, lunar and orbiting space craft images.


    High Resolution Imaging




    Today's tools (such as affordable high performance telescopes, fast cameras and sophisticated processing algorithms) have revolutionized high resolution planetary imaging. The results obtained nowadays by skilled amateurs outperform professional images taken a few decades ago.



    I am engineer and I live in the suburbs of Paris (close to Versailles), in a site that is very polluted by city lights. From my backyard, I can take images of the Sun, the Moon, planets and nebulas with narrow band filters. For deep sky imaging (galaxies, comets, nebulas...), I am obliged to go in the land, after loading my van. I began digital imaging (CCD) in 1994.

    The asteroid 19458 has been officially named Legault by the International Astronomical Union.

    I have written two books: The New Atlas of the Moon with Serge Brunier (Firefly) and Astrophotographie (Eyrolles).

    I have written numerous articles and lectures about imaging in Europe and USA (Sky and Telescope, Ciel et Espace, Astronomie Magazine, Chasseur d'Images...).

    My photographs, especially of space shuttle and space station, have been published in newspapers and magazines and have been shown on TV worldwide: The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, Discovery Channel, Science et Vie, le Monde, le Figaro, le Point, Ca m'Intéresse, TF1, France2, M6...

    I have given lectures and photo exhibitions during: NEAF (North East Astronomy Forum, Suffern NY) in 2008 and 2011, RCE (Paris) in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, Québec (Canada) and Ireland in 2012, AIP (Astro Image Processing) workshops in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Festival de Photo de Nature de Montier-en-Der in 2008, Salon de la Photo (Paris) in 2007 and amateurs meetings in France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Greece between 2004 and 2010.

    I have participated to several missions: crash of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter in July 1994 at the Pic-du-Midi observatory (with Christian Buil), total eclipses of 2001 (Angola), 2002 (Angola), 2006 (Egypt), 2008 (Russia) and 2009 (China) with Serge Koutchmy, deep sky journey in Angola in 2004 with Serge Koutchmy, Christian Viladrich and Jaime Vilinga. I have also traveled to Sultanate of Oman and Australia for astronomical events (eclipse and transit of Venus).

    In May 2009, I have been attending, from the press site of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), to the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis for the STS-125 mission (the last Hubble servicing mission), and visiting the hall where were Discovery during its preparation for a future flight.

    I am in charge since more than 15 years of a workshop about Digital Imaging in the Festival d'Astronomie de Haute Maurienne.

    I have been rewarded by SBIG in the company's Hall of Fame.

    I have received the Marius Jacquemetton award (photographic works) from the Société Astronomique de France in 1999.

    In 2003, I have won second prize ( Meade 8" LX90) in the Mars photo contest of Oceanside Photo and Telescope, a friendly team I had the pleasure to meet during one of my visits in California.
     
     
     
    Jerry Lodriguss

    World famous astrophotographer, astro-imaging evangelist and author


    Secrets of Deep-Sky Imaging with a DSL




    The quality of your astrophotographs depends on a long chain of interconnected factors such as the quality of your equipment, the darkness of your observing site, and your expertise in capturing the original data and then processing it to bring out all of the details that are present in the most aesthetic manner.

    Jerry will discuss the top ten things you can do to improve your long-exposure deep-sky astrophotography.



    Jerry Lodriguss has been an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer for more than 40 years.

    He first became interested in astronomy at the age of seven when he looked through a "spyglass" at the Moon and was amazed to see that it had craters. He discovered his love for photography when he was 17 years old when he bought a camera to take pictures through his homemade 10-inch reflecting telescope.

    Jerry worked for more than 30 years as a photojournalist and sports photographer including more than 20 years as the staff sports photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Today, Jerry is an author and photographer who has written for Sky and Telescope, Astronomy and other magazines. His work as been featured many times on NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day, and has been included in exhibits by the National Geographic Society, Space Telescope Science Institute Hubble Heritage Program, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and Through the Lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs.

    Jerry's "Catching the Light" website at www.astropix.com is top-rated for astrophotography in the search engines and he has written and published six books on astronomy and astrophotography:
    • Photoshop for Astrophotographers
    • Catching the Light - A Beginners Guide to the Wonders of the Cosmos
    • A Guide to Astrophotography with Digital SLR Cameras
    • A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Astrophotography
    • A Guide to DSLR Planetary Photography
    • Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky
     
     
     
    Terry Lovejoy

    World famous Australian comet hunter.


    Comet Hunting and Image Capture




    During this workshop we will look at the key points for conducting an effective Comet Hunting Survey. Major topics will include instrument selection, camera and scope automation, automated moving object detection as well as survey strategies.



    Terry Lovejoy has been an avid amateur astronomer for nearly 40 years and is best known for the discovery of 5 comets that bear his name, as well as finding a further 11 comets using data from the LASCO C3 camera aboard the SOHO spacecraft. His most notable discovery was the bright Kreutz Sungrazing Comet C/2011 W3. Terry is married with 2 daughters, and lives in Brisbane, Australia, where he works as an Information technologist.
     
     
     
    Fabian Neyer

    Europe's leading producer of ultra-deep space imagery.


    Ultra Deep Space Imaging




    This workshop focuses on the two main problems in astrophotography: proper flat fielding and dealing with starlight scattering effects. Correct image calibration, especially flat fielding, is a key ingredient to produce deep images without artifacts originating from the observation instruments. Several key concepts in acquisition and processing will be discussed and demonstrated in the first part of the workshop. The second part addresses the problem of enhancing faint objects, especially in dense areas, and proposes a method to remove the effects of scattered starlight. The image processing methods are illustrated with examples using PixInsight.



    Fabian studied geophysics and is now working on his PhD in the field of photogrammetry. He started with astrophotography when he was in high school using the facilities of a local astronomical society. The observatory where he still takes most of his images is located north of the Swiss Alps with cities in vicinity. During the last years Fabian continuously improved acquisition and processing techniques focusing on the detection of extremely faint structures around well known objects. He recently made discoveries that are of scientific interest.
     
     
     
    Vicent Peris

    The world’s leading expert on using PixInsight.


    PixInsight: advanced color calibration and narrowband techniques




    Vicent will present three processing methods:
    1. a color calibration technique that mixes observational and image processing techniques to calibrate the color of an image where there isn't any good white reference;
    2. a technique to enhance the H-alpha emission in nebulae where we want to preserve the hue representation and
    3. use of the Hubble pallet.




    With more than a 15-year career as an astrophotographer, Vicent Peris has been working for the last 7 years at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia and at Calar Alto Observatory. His works have been published and awarded by some of the most reputed publications worldwide, such as APOS, Scientific American, National Geographic, Bad Astronomy Blog, and Sterne und Weltraum.

    Vicent has also successful experience in forensics and is currently working as an image processing specialist for the Spanish National Police department for the past three years.
     
     
     
    Martin Pugh
    Astrophotographer


    Deep Sky High Resolution Astrophotography




    Martin will provide advice about look to look for when you are building your system. His talk will also cover
    • image processing - Workflow - with tips along the way;
    • Astrophotography related new features of Photoshop CC 2014 and
    • A discussion about the pros and cons of using Lightroom




    At 16 years of age, Martin Pugh left his home town of Dudley in the West Midlands (UK) to join the Royal Navy as a Junior Radio Operator. While he spent many nights staring into pitch-black mid-ocean skies using a pair of binoculars, his Naval career simply did not allow for any further pursuit in astronomy. For 20 years, he moved between ships and establishments and in the late 90’s, together with the overwhelming appearance of Comet Hale Bopp in 1997, he became increasingly interested in the idea of observing and imaging. Then in 1999, he spent his first evening looking through a dusty old 3-inch refractor recovered from his brother-in-law’s loft, and instantly became fixated with the idea of owning his own telescope, with the possible addition of a CCD camera.

    A few months later, Martin purchased an 8-inch Meade LX200, and a couple of months after that, a Starlight Express HX516. Learning and practicing continued and he purchased just about every astrophotography book available on the market at the time.

    The next major equipment upgrade occurred in 2004 prior to emigrating to Australia, yet through various reasons he was yet to take a deep-sky image. This new equipment was briefly used in Portugal in early 2004, before it was packed up and sent to Australia where it did re-emerge again until mid 2005 when at long last, Martin had built a roll-off roof observatory on his property in Yass, New South Wales.

    Finally, under great skies and with a static observatory in place, Martin was able to put all of the theory into practice and secured his first NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day on 1 June 2006, a collaborative effort with Rob Gendler. Since then, Martin has secured 43 APODs (3 collaboratively with Rob Gendler, and 4 using Hubble Legacy Archive data). In addition, he has been placed in the following competitions:
    • 2008 - South Pacific Star Party: Winner
    • 2008 - The David Malin Awards: Deep Sky and overall competition winner
    • 2009 - Astronomy Photographer of Year (Royal Observatory Greenwich): Deep Sky and overall competition winner
    • 2010 - Astronomy Photographer of Year (Royal Observatory Greenwich): Runner- up - Deep Sky
    • 2011 - The David Malin Awards: Deep Sky winner
    • 2012 - Astronomy Photographer of the Year (Royal Observatory Greenwich): Deep Sky and overall competition winner
    • 2013 - The David Malin Awards: Deep Sky and overall competition winner
    In addition, his images have appeared in Australian Sky and Telescope (several times), Astronomie (France), The Boston Globe, US Sky and Telescope, as part of a Celestial Navigation DVD for the Royal Australian Navy, Explorations: An introduction to Astronomy, Astrophoto Insight, as part of a video release of NGC 3603 by Hubble, books (Deep-Sky Wonders - Sky and Telescope), (Treasures of the Southern Sky - Gendler), (Beautiful Universe - Sky and Telescope), (21st Century Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies – Cover), (Starfinder), (Explorations: An introduction to Astronomy), (Pathways to Astronomy) and several occasional articles and lecture pieces.

    There are also a few ‘crowning moments’ of note, particularly:
    • The release of a 3-stamp collectors set by Australia Post, to mark the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, which featured Martin’s image of M78
    • Recognition and placement in the SBIG Hall of Fame
    • Placement of two images (M27 and IC434) in ‘Starstruck’ The Art of Astrophotography exhibition (Bates College Museum of Art)
    Martin has returned to the U.S. for a 3 year posting with the U.S. military and is stationed in Colorado Springs. You can see more of Martin's work at his web site, particularly from his remote observatory in the Sierra Nevada mountains at:

    Visit Martin's web site: Astrophotography by Martin Pugh
     
     
     
    Babak Tafreshi

    The world’s leading producer of TWAN (the world at night) imagery


    Capturing the world a night




    This workshop will discuss the creation of evocative nighttime imagery: equipment setup, exposure strategies, image composition and processing methods.



    TWAN founder and leader, Babak Tafreshi is an award winning photographer working with the National Geographic, Sky&Telescope magazine, and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Babak is also a freelance science journalist and astronomy communicator using all media.

    Born in 1978 in Tehran he is based in Boston, United States, but could be anywhere on the planet, from the Sahara to the Himalayas or Antarctica. He is a board member of Astronomers Without Borders organization, an international organization to bridge between cultures and connect people around the world through their common interest to astronomy. He received the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award, the world’s most recognized award for scientific photography, for his global contribution to night sky photography.

    Since TWAN was designated as the first Special Project of International Year of Astronomy 2009, Tafreshi cooperated with the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as a project coordinator for IYA2009. As a science journalist he has contributed to many television and radio programs on astronomy and has interviewed world-renowned astronomers and space scientists. When living in Iran he was editor of the Persian astronomy magazine (Nojum) for a decade and has been a board member of the Astronomical Society of Iran's outreach committee were he directed many national astronomy events.

    Babak started photography of the night sky above natural landscapes and historic architecture in the early 1990s when he was a teenager. He has always been fascinated by the universality of the night sky; the same sky appearing above different landmarks of the world. He connects with world-wide astronomy community through science journalism and his presentations and educational workshops. Photography, science stories, and eclipse chasing has taken him to all of the continents. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
     
     
     
    Richard Wright




    Getting Started in Astrophotography with a DSLR




    DSLR’s are the most common camera in use for amateur astrophotography today. Often seen as a beginners tool or as a stepping stone to cooled CCD cameras, DSLR’s have many advantages of their own, and are sometimes even better suited for a given imaging goal. In this workshop Richard reviews the basics of astrophotography from the perspective of the DSLR imager, and discusses the unique advantages and applications possible with a DSLR; including DSLR modifications. This workshop will lay a solid foundation for any practitioner in the field exploring the nature of noise, unwanted signal, and the need for proper calibration for best results with a DSLR.



    Richard S. Wright Jr. is the Imaging Evangelist and a Sr. Software Engineer for Software Bisque, where for over a decade his focus there has been graphics and cross platform technologies. He is currently responsible for Software Bisque’s mobile products and cross platform imaging solutions. Starting with the Canon DSLR plug-in for TheSkyX, Richard has gone on to author the majority of the camera plug-ins now available from Software Bisque.

    Richard started shooting the moon with an SLR on black and white film and then graduated to a DSLR over fifteen years ago. After many years as a closet imager he finally gained some traction with a modified Canon T1i and has never looked back. Currently Richard shoots with a variety of mono and one shot color CCD cameras and DSLR’s, including a full spectrum modified T3i and an unmodified Canon 5D Mark III.

    Richard has also authored a best selling book on computer graphics, and has 15 years of college class room teaching experience which he'll bring to bear in this beginners program.