Workshops @ cedic '15
Worskshops (Workshop language is English!)
Creating Deep and Detailed Images from Professional and Amateur Data Sources
Ever wondered how the famous Hubble Images are made, or what it takes to create such beautiful, deep views on your own? Oliver's workshop will cover all the way from Raw to Awe, starting with a general overview on the topic, and showing you the advantages and possibilities of working with professional scientific data. While having a closer look at astronomical archives and portals like the Digitized Sky Survey or the Hubble Legacy Archive, we will learn how to mine them, how the data is organized and how to choose objects of interest with appropriate data sets available. The right set of tools for data registration, reduction and preparation will also be an important topic to discuss, as well as strategies and techniques on image assembling. Having our data sets ready, we will move our focus on combining the images as well as the processing workflow itself. We will learn how to create so called hybrid images, unique constructions assembled from various sources like Hubble or large ground based scopes, and we will even try to include your own amateur data as well! To top it off, Oliver's workshop will also offer a lot of processing tips like color mapping or star handling.
Speaker: Oliver Czernetz
ASCOM Scripting
This workshop is thought for amateur astronomers who also like to fiddle with bits and bytes in order to have their equipment working for them. Basic knowledge of computer programming is mandatory for this workshop!
Recommended to come with a laptop with any Windows OS configured (virtual machines are fine). Please install the program language AutoIT, in any case Nicola will bring a copy of it at the workshop, if you want to install it on the fly.
Speaker: Nicola Montecchiari
Experiences and stories in astronomical landscape imaging
Tamás Ladányi will teach the basics of astronomical landscape imaging also known as "TWAN-style" imaging:
 - How to prepare for astrophotography?
 - The connection between photography in the nature and digital image processing.
 - The ethics of digital image processing.
 - Applying some classical composition rules in astrophotography.
 - Time-lapse project accompained by folk melodies.
Speaker: Tamás Ladányi
PixInsight: advanced color calibration and narrowband techniques
In this workshop Vicent Peris will present two different techniques. The first one is 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. The second one is a technique to enhance the H-alpha emission in nebulae where we want to preserve the hue representation.
Speaker: Vicent Peris
Narrowband Image Processing
This workshop discusses narrowband image processing using the clipping layer mask method in Photoshop starting with master narrowband frames. It covers the Hubble Color Palette using H-a, O-III and S-II narrowband filters as well as natural color using just H-a and O-III filters. Sharpening techniques, star repair and blending in the natural color of stars using RGB data will be discussed.
Speaker: Don Goldman
The workshop agenda will be updated regularely and is subject to errors and changes.