Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

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Program Location

Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Available Seats: 7
Date Selected: 4/20/2018

Program Description


Learn how to capture the beauty of the heavens at the world-renowned Kitt Peak National Observatory! The Introduction to Astrophotography workshop is meant for those who are ready to take their first steps into the world of astrophotography and image processing. We will introduce you to the different aspects of the hobby; from planetary and solar imaging to landscape astrophotos and finally, deep space astrophotography. Our hands-on program will teach you the basics of image capture through digital processing, with equipment suggestions for every budget and tips from our experienced astrophotographers. At the end of this three day workshop, everyone will leave with their own beautiful images to take home,along with the knowledge to continue their astrophotography journey.

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.





2018, April 20 - 22

          June 15 - 17

          September 14 - 16 

Arrival and check-in time at Kitt Peak on the first day of each workshop is between 2:00 and 4:00 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!)





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Use our new 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 telescopes 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 also be used during our astro-landscape portion of the workshop.  We will briefly cover CCD cameras, but not be doing any CCD imaging for this workshop (that will be saved for the intermediate workshop).  


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.