Starmus announces astrophotography school!

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, April 07, 2014

The most exciting astronomy meeting of our year will no doubt be the second Starmus Festival, to be held September 22–27, 2014, at Tenerife and La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain. A who’s who of astronaut-explorers, astronomers, biologists, chemists, and musicians will gather for an amazing week of talks, socializing, stargazing, and music.

Among those who will be attending and speaking are astronauts Charlie Duke, Edgar Mitchell, Jack Schmitt, Alexei Leonov, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Sergei Krikalev, Viktor Savinykh, and Yuri Baturin. Also speaking will be Nobel Prize winners Robert Wilson and Harold Kroto and biologist Richard Dawkins.

And how about Queen guitarist and songwriter Brian May? The legendary keyboardist from Yes, Rick Wakeman? And also Garik Israelian, the founder and director of Starmus?

Well, now the gathering has announced a three-day astrophotography school that will follow the main conference. Here is the full release.


Astrophotography School – Deep Sky Above Teide!

Sunday, 28th September until Tuesday, 30th September – 3 Days

Parador de Canadas del Teide Hotel, National Park del Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands

These practical classes will be run under the clear dark Tenerife skies at the Parador de Canadas del Teide Hotel by world renowned deep-sky imager Rogelio Bernal Andreo; David Eicher, Editor in Chief of Astronomy magazine and President of the Astronomy Foundation; and Damian Peach, former Astronomy photographer of the year. They will show you how to use very basic gear to create stunning deep-sky wide-field images and TWAN-like panoramas. Their gear will include an AtroTrac rig to take longish exposures with a DSLR camera, lens, tripod, and ball joint using a Canon 5D MkII with wide-field lenses for TWAN-like work.

Event Location and Hotel

Hotel Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide

Teide National Park

Event Date

28th, 29th and 30th September 2014



Day 1

  • The giant planet Jupiter (focusing on observing, imaging and science from amateur work.) – (Damian Peach)
  • Astrophotos the World Wants to See: An Editor’s Perspective – (David Eicher)

Day 2

  • Deep-sky image processing with PixInsight – (Rogelio Bernal Andreo)
  • Photographing comets (focusing on imaging and how to capture/process the images.) - (Damian Peach)

Day 3

  • Producing winning nightscapes – (Rogelio Bernal Andreo)
  • Astrophoto Gems from the Astronomy Magazine Vault – (David Eicher)
  • A guide/workshop in using the WINJUPOS software for planetary imaging – (Damian Peach)


The registration fee for the Astrophoto School is 300€ for the full 3 days. Hotel and food are not included; however, we will provide telescopes, cameras and filters.

For more on the Starmus conference, see

For more information and image,s contact:

Ashley Oulton

Tel: UK 0207 993 8338 Int: 00 44 207 993 8338

Tel Spain: 00 34 664 806 726



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