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• 04/17/10
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
OMSI Astrophotography Conference 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
Classroom 1
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-3354, USA

Astrophotography using electronic cameras provides many benefits such as observing fainter details, making scientific measurements and producing stunning images that are shared with others. This OMSI Astrophotography Conference covers the various aspects of astrophotography including very deep sky imaging, wide field images, imaging planets, using G2V stars to color balance images, how to maximize imaging sessions, image tips, using Images Plus software, how to frame and compose an astrophoto, polar alignment and using narrowband/light pollution filters.

This OMSI Astrophotography workshop is sponsored and hosted by Jim Todd.

The conference is full. Contact Neil Heacock at to be put on a wait list.

For more details go to the conference web page here:
Download Presentation Files Here
Duncan Kitchin Presentation Files

Attendee Feedback

David Haworth - Interesting topic showing us what an amature can do in the extreme! I thought it might be too technical, but it was good!

Neil Heacock - Always excellent, great practical info we can use right away,

Barry - Thanks for walking us through Registax - I've always had prblems with it before.

Ken Hose - Good explanation of G2V process.

Neil Heacock - Maximizing imaging time - practical!

Tom Carrico - Excellent ideas for backyard remote!

Greg Marshall - I enjoyed the "artsy" aspect of image production: it was a good break from the highly technical talks.

Variety of topics, new topics (spectrum, G2V, Prep, etc).

The knowlesge gained from the group of presenters as well as the conversation and new ideas gained from the assembled group who were at the conference.

Images Plus discussion was the most immediately practical topic.

Talk on image composition was very thought provoking and enjoyable.

Liked the wildly varying topics. Leanrned something from everyone.

All were good.

I learned the most from Neil's, Duncan's and Tom's presentations.

I liked the Registax demo.

It went very well. A good balance of topics.

David's great work in an exclusive area of imaging.

Duncan's talk on narrowband imaging.

All of the presentation were very good.

Astro scheduling, composition, tips & tricks, tools.

I'm so glad Neil refused to let this conference die! I've been attending since MHCC Imaging The Sky conference.

This is just a fantastic seminar/conference.

Quasars, webcam, G2V, Prep.

Tom's Tips.


Letting us download the presentations onto our computers.

The price was great... FREE! Thanks.

All the hard work going into this workshop. I liked all the presentations and found all very helpful.

It was great to cover wide field astrophotography this year.

All good stuff.

Timing control much better!

Tom's tips was great.

David's quasar - impressive work.

Content. Awesome.

Very smooth presentation. Enjoyed very much.


Twice a year?

Nothing specific.

Longer breaks to have additional discussions.

Schedule away from new moon!

Breaks in the afternoon.

Composition could have used better graphics - i.e. to show grids over things.

More breaks (5 to 10 minutes).

A bit noisy environment.

Have one lab.

Better timing on the room.


Keep the annual astrophoto class!

As with this one, continue to have basic astrophotography info along with more technical topics.

Do a live demo of Deep Sky Stacker or similar demo. Show how to stretch, balance the levels, etc.

Continue themes of overview of software packages.

New and revisited topics (MaxIm DL, Photoshop).

Photoshop Elements and other low cost and free solutions.


What was presented was good. Perhaps more info towards the astrophotographer with a limited budget.

Lots of software programs were discussed. I'm not going to buy copies of many of them and would like to see some comparison of various software packages to be able to determine what software would be best to invest limited funds in.

Keep the varies topics and speakers. made it very interesting and kept me attentive.

The usual is fine.

Add a few more hand's on demos or equipment show and tells.

Building a light box.

Exposure times for common targets with DSLR's.

CCD cameras with multiple filters.

Common product how to's.

Contrasting products in a category such as Nebulosity vs. CCDSoft vs. CCSStack vs. AIP4WIN, etc.

More on wide field.

Value of "live view" function of newer cameras.

Update on using Noel Carboni's Tools in Photoshop.

Use of photography for science and discovery instead of just pretty pictures (David H. is great on this).

Timelapse astrophotography.

Using Live View for planet/moon pix - imitating style of web cams.

Hands on image work.

MaxIm Lab.

More on narrowband imaging.

Paint Shop Pro demo.

Telescope control software.

On 05/02/10 at 05:36pm David Haworth wrote:
Astro Image Processing Workshop Ideas for fall 2010

Start at 8:15 am wiht around a room intros
8:30 am Neil does 1.5 hour IP lab/demo.
0.5 hour break
David does 1.5 hour MaxIm lab/demo.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Richard Berry does 1.5 hour AIP4WIN lab/demo
0.5 hour break
? does 1.5 CS5 lab/demo
1.0 hour open mingling time
6:00 pm conference end

Clear and dark skies,
David Haworth

On 04/24/10 at 09:56am David Haworth wrote:
Neil, thank you for typing in all the feedback.

Going beyond 6:00 pm makes for a long day and people get hungry.

Maybe this fall we should try a software focus workshop will labs.

Clear and dark skies,
David Haworth

On 04/21/10 at 05:00pm Neil Heacock wrote:
Yes. I don't know how often OMSI is willing to donate their rooms, but I'd be willing to do 2 a year beginner/advanced. We did a beginner and advanced last year.

I really like the comment of adding more break times for general discussion. And possibly even book the event until 6:30 or 7:30 but end the presentations at 5:30 so there is an hour or two of mingling, presenter questions and discussion and hands on help afterwards.


On 04/21/10 at 04:53pm Barry wrote:
Good comments. Good suggestions.

Two conferences a year might be useful: One for Beginning to Intermediate imagers, and one for Advanced.

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