Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

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Program Location

Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Available Seats: 9
Date Selected: 5/11/2018

Program Description


Kitt Peak is proud to offer our Intermediate Astrophotography Workshop. This workshop was created specifically for amateur astrophotographers who are familiar with basic imaging techniques and want to expand their knowledge by focusing on deep space astrophotography.  At this workshop, our experienced astrophotographers will teach participants how to capture the wonder that is deep space utilizing advanced concepts, including equipment selection and optimization, shooting monochrome to get color, narrowband imaging, and processing using PixInsight.  Gain the tools necessary to consistently acquire quality images and make the most of every night!

Please note that like all professional astronomers we are at the mercy of the weather. Should clouds interfere, we will do as much hands-on instruction as possible, but use previously obtained data for the image processing.

Not sure if the Introductory or Intermediate Workshop is right for you?  Please send an email to Casey Good and and talk to us.  We will help you determine which of these hands-on programs is best for your level of experience.





2017, November 17th-19th

Arrival and check-in time at Kitt Peak on the first day of each workshop is between Noon and 2:00 PM, Mountain Standard Time. (Please note that Arizona never switches to Daylight Savings Time.)






Includes a non-refundable $75 Registration Fee, payable when you sign up.

Cost INCLUDES Room and Board (2 nights, 6 meals, double occupancy) for the duration of the workshop (a $200 value!)





The Kitt Peak Visitor Center





Use our online reservation system (at the bottom of this page)

(Limited to just 10 people, so sign up quickly!)





The $75 Registration Fee is non-refundable. It will be processed once when we receive your registration information.


You may cancel at any time up to 30 days prior to the program date without any penalty. A per person cancellation fee of 50% of the remaining cost will be charged for those who cancel less than 30 days prior to the program date. If we are forced to cancel the program ourselves, you will not be charged anything.


We will provide the telescope and camera equipment necessary for the workshop. Feel free to bring your camera/tripod, as the views from the top of our mountain are spectacular and they can be used after the program for astro-landscape photography, time permitting. 


Please bring your personal laptops with you. The software used for this workshop runs on the Windows operating system (Mac computers can be used if running Windows Boot Camp). We recommend a PC with at least 4GB RAM to run the image processing software. An electronic information packet will be sent approximately 30 days before the start of the program. It will include maps, a list of trial version software to download, a tentative schedule, and other important information. 


We are very sorry, but this program is not handicapped accessible. You must be able to climb one flight of stairs and spend at least 1/2 hour standing on your feet.


PLEASE NOTE: Kitt Peak is a remote and sometimes harsh mountain environment. Circumstances beyond our control might intervene and prevent us from running the workshop. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, severe weather (thunderstorms, severe winds, blizzard conditions) infrastructure breakdowns (failure of the power, water, or other systems) wildfires, or large rock slides on our road. We will notify you as soon as possible should one of these unfortunate situations occur. But we may have to cancel literally the day before (while some of you are already en-route) or even in the middle of the workshop. If this happens we will not charge you workshop fees or deposits, but we will not be able to reimburse you for travel or other expenses.






- DRESS WARM! Hats gloves and layered clothing required! It will be VERY COLD on Kitt Peak!





- Bring weapons, alcohol, or pets.

- Use cell phones, white lights, or green lasers while on the Mountain

- Smoke anywhere on Kitt Peak



For questions please email Casey Good, the Program Coordinator at:

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Please call 520-318-8726 with any questions that you may have.