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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Visitor Center and Museum

Imaging Workshop 2007

Learn about the art of astroimaging from the experts on September 15 & 16, hosted by NOAO and presented by

Robert Reeves, author of Introduction to Digital Astrophotography: Imaging the Universe with a Digital Camera, who offers instruction in the use of web cams and digital SLR for astrophotography.

Flynn Haase, Kitt Peak National Observatory, who introduces participants to the CCD and provides expert tips in getting started with these amazing instruments. Haase oversees the Advanced Observing Program on Kitt Peak and helps guests produce stunning images of deep-sky objects.

Zolt Levay, Space Telescope Sciences Institute, who provides insight into processing images with Photoshop. Levay develops images and graphics for use in HST news releases.

surface of the moon

Image © Robert Reeves


Image credit: Walter Mulligan/Flynn Haase/NOAO/AURA/NSF


Saturday Introduction to CCD Imaging 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Basics of Processing 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Web Cam and DSLR Astrophotography 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This workshop serves as a guide for using any digital camera to get good results (within the limits of that camera) and as an introduction to using various programs for processing those results.

Actual imaging with small telescopes on Saturday evening at Kitt Peak. Join Robert Reeves at the telescope after dark to gather raw data for use in the following day’s workshop and some practical advice on image acquisition.


Click here for a list of freeware/shareware for webcam imaging. Attendees should have all of these programs loaded on their laptops prior to attending the workshop. Attendees should also bring their web cams to the workshop.

The digital astrophotography workshop is not software specific so participants may bring whatever they normally use.


$95.00 per day, $175.00 for both. Kitt Peak Members' rate is $75.00 per workshop or $135.00 for both.


University of Arizona Student Union
Rincon Room on the 3rd floor
Tucson, AZ

The NOAO building is located on the campus of the University of Arizona, two blocks south of Speedway and Cherry. The Student Union is located a short walk west from NOAO.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 24

Please call (520) 318-8726 for reservations. A credit card number will be required to hold the reservation but the card will not be charged until the week of the workshop.

Cancellations and No-shows

A 20% cancellation fee will apply to cancellations less than three working days prior to the workshop. No-shows will not be refunded.


Two hotels are conveniently located just a few blocks from the workshop:

Four Points by Sheraton Tucson University Plaza
1900 East Speedway
Tucson, Arizona 85719
(520) 327-7341; Fax (520) 327-0276

Tucson Marriott University Park
800 E. Second Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719
(520) 792-4100; Fax (520) 882-4100


An NOAO shuttle will take you to and from the workshops and your hotel. Please let us know where you plan to stay when you confirm your reservation.

For transportation to and from Tucson International Airport, you may contact Arizona Stagecoach at (520) 889-1000 or visit their web site at


For guests who drive to the workshop, free parking is available in the AURA parking lot at 1st and Martin. From Speedway Blvd. turn south on Campbell and make the first right (you will be traveling west). This is 1st Street. At the stop sign, the street becomes one way and on your left you will see a large open parking lot. You may park anywhere in that lot. To get to the workshop, walk west to Cherry Ave. and turn left. The building’s entrance is half a block south of 2nd Street on the left.


A continental breakfast will be served both days in the conference room where the workshops will be held. Lunch will be from noon to 1:00 and guests may choose from a number of nearby establishments located a short walk away from the workshop site, including the university student union.

For places to go near the campus, try visiting The site offers brief descriptions of restaurants and other establishments on University Blvd. just outside the main gate.

Local Attractions and Other Interesting Links

Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance

Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tucson Association of Museums

Tucson Attractions Passport

Thank you for your interest in this special program offered by Kitt Peak National Observatory. Please visit our web pages regularly for information on other special events that may be of interest to you.


NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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