We are excited to announce availability of the planetary imaging tutorial, High Resolution Astrophotography. This exceptional tutorial is a new DVD release from award-winning imager Damian Peach whose work is an inspiration to astrophotography enthusiasts all over the world. Damian’s work is often cited in astrophotography-related books, magazines, discussion forums along with numerous entries on NASA’s popular Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD) website.
On this disk you will find detailed guides on how to photograph the Sun, Moon and planets, and how to really maximize the potential of your precious image data. High Resolution Astrophotography contains 17 sections totaling over 2.5 hours of discussion. Get your copy today and take your planetary astrophotography to new levels!
Individual video tutorials included on Damian’s High Resolution Astrophotography DVD:
Discussion on the most popular planetary cameras in use today. Damian covers the technical features of each and provides insight into the pros and cons based on his experience with each planetary camera. This tutorial aims to help you decide on a camera that best meets your needs in planetary astrophotography.
This tutorial helps in choosing the right telescope for high resolution images of the planets, moon, and sun. Discussion covers the three main types of telescopes for planetary imaging- Newtonian reflector, Schmidt-Cassegrain, and refractor. Damian addresses the most popular question- what is the best telescope for high resolution imaging?
Seeing & Weather
Detailed discussion of complex weather forecasting tools that Damian has used for the last several years to take advantage of the best seeing conditions for optimized astrophotography of the planets.
In-depth discussion on the effects of atmospheric dispersion, what it is, how dispersion correctors work and their usefulness in modern planetary imaging. Tutorial covers the main dispersion correctors in use today with specific features of each.
Autostakkert Introduction Video
Damian introduces this powerful image alignment software (freeware) program with a basic demonstration of how it works. Autostakkert focuses on the stacking aspect of the raw images and is an important part of Damian’s planetary processing steps.
Learn the unique aspects of processing in Autostakkert for each of the main solar system objects. Individual tutorials include:
Registax 6 Tutorial
Discussion over this very popular software program for processing planetary imaging sequences. Damian takes you through the main steps he uses for setting align points, alignment, stacking, wavelets. Each step fully explained and based on his experience in producing his award winning planetary images.
In this tutorial, Damian focuses on using the various tools and useful functions in Photoshop that he uses for image processing and enhancements. This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions for combining of RGB channels to produce full color images, color balance, hue/saturation, noise reduction, and much, much more.
WINJUPOS Introduction Video
Overview of WINJUPOS software including the
- Measurement of positions and sizes of features on the Jovian disk of Jupiter
- Ephemeris for Jupiter rise and set time, moon coordinates &transits, Great Red Spot position, etc.
- Jupiter animations
- Using the sophisticated image de-rotation features
WINJUPOS- Creating Jupiter Animations
Take your planetary astrophotography to a new level. This tutorial shows how to make animations in WINJUPOS from set of Jupiter images.
Learn how to compensate for the rapid rotation of Jupiter with the De-Rotation tool in WINJUPOS. De-Rotation is an important part of achieving the best results possible as longer video sequences can be used.
Creating WINJUPOS Maps
How to construct your own maps for certain regions (or entire face of planet) from the images you take using WINJUPOS.
This session covers the most popular question that Damian has been asked over the past decade from emails, talks and lectures. The Q&A session is loaded with useful information that will help you achieve the best results possible in planetary imaging. Questions covered include:
- Best telescope to use for planetary work and what do you use?
- How do you focus and what is used?
- Best cameras for planetary imaging and what do you use?
- How do you get such sharp images?
- What are the secrets to imaging and processing such sharp images?
- What advice would you give for a beginner in planetary astrophotography?
- Is image processing where the magic happens?
- Limits of image processing and what is acceptable?