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Astrophotography School

Astrophotography School – Deep Sky Above Teide!

Sunday, 28th September until Tuesday, 30th September – 3 Days
The Observatorio del Teide (Teide Observatory), Izana, Tenerife, Canary Islands
astrojpgschool These practical classes will be run under the clear dark Tenerife skies at the The Observatorio del Teide by world renowned deep-sky imager Rogelio Bernal Andreo along with David Eicher, Editor in Chief of Astronomy magazine and President of the Astronomy Foundation, and Damian Peach former Astronomy photographer of the year. They will show you how to use very basic gear to create stunning deep-sky wide-field images and TWAN-like panoramas. Their gear will include an AstroTrac rig to take longish exposures with a DSLR camera and lens and a tripod and ball joint using a Canon 5D MkII with wide-field lenses for TWAN-like work. observatories The Observatorio del Teide is part of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and is situated at Izaña at an altitude of 2390 m, very close to Mt Teide. Participants will stay either in the Observatorio del Teide Residence or in the Parador Hotel in the Teide National Park, which is just 10 minutes drive away. It is a unique opportunity to stay overnight with the other scientific and technical staff linked to the observatories. However, due to the space restrictions we only have a limited number of places, so the majority of people with stay at the Parador Hotel. Thanks to the altitude and the absence of city lights, the night sky is amazing. The milky way is clearly visible with the naked eye, as well as plenty of other stars, clusters and nebulas. TEIDE-at-night-1 It is a truly fabulous location. During the day you have views of Mt Teide and the surrounding volcanic scenery, which is really spectacular, and at night you have an astronomers dream! las-caadas-del-teide-pn-del-teide-tenerife-f29e2908-0657-4388-982b-27132f8b1459

Event Location and Accommodation

The Observatorio del Teide (Teide Observatory), Izana and the Parador Hotel, Tenerife, Canary Islands. Click here for more information about The Observatorio del Teide

Event Date

28th, 29th and 30th September 2014


Day 1  15:00 – 17:00 and 20:30 – 22:30

  • The giant planet Jupiter (focusing on observing, imaging and science from amateur work.) – (Damian Peach)
  • Astrophotos the World Wants to See: An Editor’s Perspective – (David Eicher)
  • Producing winning nightscapes – (Rogelio Bernal Andreo)

Day 2  15:00 – 17:00 and 20:30 – 22:30

  • Deepsky image processing with PixInsight – (Rogelio Bernal Andreo)
  • Photographing comets (focusing on imaging and how to capture/process the images.) – (Damian Peach)

Day 3  15:00 – 17:00 and 20:30 – 22:30

  • Astrophoto Gems from the Astronomy Magazine Vault – (David Eicher)
  • A guide/workshop in using the WINJUPOS software for planetary imaging – (Damian Peach)

Course Lecturers


David Eicher

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David J. Eicher is editor in chief of Astronomy magazine, the world’s largest publication on the subject. He is president of the Astronomy Foundation, the telescope industry’s first-ever trade association. He is author of 17 books on science and history, and at age 15 he founded a magazine on observing galaxies, clusters, and nebulae, Deep Sky Monthly. An avid observer of astronomical objects for more than 35 years, he was honored in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union with the naming of minor planet 3617 Eicher. He is an accomplished rock and blues drummer, playing with the Astronomy Blues Band.

Rogelio Bernal Andreo

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Rogelio is a Spanish-American astrophotographer. Considered by many to be one of the very best and most influential astrophotographers in the world today, Rogelio has received numerous international awards and prestigious accolades. His work has been published in many international publications, showcased in museums, appeared in television networks such as the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel or the 2014 remake of Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos, and even appeared in high-selling motion pictures such as IMAX Hubble 3D. His images have also been selected 30 times for NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day at the time of this writing.

Damian Peach

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Damian Peach from West Sussex in the UK has spent the last 14 years documenting the changing face of the solar system. Spending a modest £10,000 on a high speed telescope and electrical equipment Damian’s crystal clear images are good enough to rival those of NASA and the European Southern Observatory in Chile. Damian was Astronomy photographer of the year in 2011.


Please note it is not necessary to be a participant at the Starmus Festival to attend the Astrophotography School, as it can be booked separately. The registration fee for the Astrophotography School is 300€ for the full 3 days. Accommodation and food are not included, however, we will provide telescopes, cameras and filters. Please note that due to space restrictions at the Observatorio del Teide, we have had to limit the number of places on the astrophotography school. So we would recommend that you reserve your place as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. To register your place please complete the registration form below and tick “book my place at the astrophotography school” and then click send and you will be taken to our PayPal payment page. You will find the button to click for the astrophotography school below “optional extras”. For further information please email info@starmus.com