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The New Forest Observatory runs courses on:
Deep-Sky imaging and general photographic techniques for beginners. These courses will show you how to take the Deep-Sky Images you can see in the New Forest Observatory galleries, and how to take the macro, micro, Nature and high-speed shots you can see on my scientificartist.com site
Full-day courses will be held in a friendly New Forest setting from 10.00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. complete with morning and afternoon teas and a mid-day meal provided. The lecturer will be Professor Greg Parker and the courses will be run in a friendly, informal manner.
If you do not need a course but would prefer to discuss your requirements more informally, then I am available for Consultancy on all aspects of deep-sky imaging for only £50 per hour – real value for money 🙂
DS101 – Introductory Deep-Sky Imaging:
This is a full day course for those starting to enter the world of deep-sky imaging. The course runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. complete with morning and afternoon teas and a mid-day meal provided. The lecturer is Professor Greg Parker and he will cover all the basics including choice of telescope, focusing and polar alignment, choice of camera, introductory image processing, use of the “Astrotrac” system, and much, much more. All attendees for this course will receive a signed copy of Prof. Parker’s “Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images” and will provided with a notebook and pen. This course is limited to 5 persons. The cost of this course remains at a highly competitive £125.
Building your own observatory:
Due to several requests, a new course is being offered for 2013. The New Forest Observatory now offers “Constructing your own observatory for imaging or observing”. This is a full day course starting at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. A lunch is provided and refreshments are available throughout the day. This is a one-to-one course that will be geared to your specific needs/requirements. Cost for this course is £175.
Building and running your own parallel imaging array:
This is a new full day course for those wishing to run several imaging rigs in parallel just as I do with the mini-WASP array. The course runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. complete with morning and afternoon refreshments and a mid-day meal provided. The lecturer is Professor Greg Parker and he will cover all the detail necessary for you to be able to go away and set up your own mini-WASP array for parallel imaging. This is a one to one course geared to your expected imaging array. Cost for this course is £125.
How do I use my new telescope?:
The new course on offer is the “I have been given a telescope for Christmas and I don’t know how to use it” course. If you have been given a “goto” computer controlled telescope, or just a telescope on a tripod and you are at a loss on what to do next, then this two and a half hour course is just what you’re looking for. This short course runs from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and the cost is only £65. The course is limited to 1 person.
New courses available at the New Forest Observatory, Brockenhurst, Hants:
Following a number of talks I have given in Hampshire on the subject “The Magic of Photography” I have received requests to create a number of beginner’s courses for enthusiastic DSLR owners. Always happy to oblige – the New Forest Observatory now offers the following (non deep-sky!) photographic courses for the novice digital photographer:
1) A beginner’s guide to macrophotography. A half-day course beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments provided throughout. We shall cover the basics of macrophotography and the equipment required to carry out macro work. You need not provide your own equipment for this course but please feel free to bring your own gear along if you are already set up for macro work. Samples will be provided to take macromosaics and computer facilities will be available to construct your own macromosaics using Photoshop CS3. Cost for this course is £115. Course is limited to 3 persons.
2) Setting up for digital microphotography. A half-day course beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments provided throughout. We shall discuss the equipment requirements to undertake microphotography and we shall use the NFO’s trinocular research microscope during this course, you do not need to bring along your own camera for this course. We shall use the “Helicon Focus” software to create deep depth-of-focus images that resemble scanning electron microscope images – but ours are in colour!! We shall also see how to create and assemble micromosaics using a combination of Helicon Focus and Photoshop CS3 software. Cost for this course is £115. Course is limited to 3 persons.
3) Basic Ultra-High-Speed flash photography. A half-day course beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments provided throughout. We shall use specialist units which provide ultra fast light pulses of just 9-microseconds [1/111,111th second] to create fantastic high-speed images of fast events. You do not need to provide your own equipment for this course, but you are welcome to bring your own camera along to take HSF images – just be sure you know how to operate your camera on the “bulb” setting and make sure you have a remote shutter controller. You will see how to set up a studio high-speed flash system to create stunning HSF images as seen on my scientificartist.com site. We shall process our HSF images on NFO’s computers using Photoshop CS3 software, and you can take home processed images on a CD for further processing/manipulation in your own time. Cost for this course is £155. Course is limited to 3 persons.
The New Forest Observatory offers ample off-road car-parking space 🙂
We are always updating course content and developing new courses so please check back here regularly for details of all courses available at the NFO. We are also happy to develop new courses to meet your own requirements or develop a bespoke course for you, your group, or your company.
If you have an interest in any of the above courses, or if you would like a bespoke course arranged on a different topic, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.