Talks and Presentations

I’m an animated presenter. Fifteen years of giving three to four hour lectures at the college level; you have to be if your going to keep peoples attention and actually teach them anything. Before the college professor gig, I also taught informally for… well, a decade or so. Point is, I’m not a big believer in reading powerpoint slides to an audience. If you haven’t been to one of my talks you may not necessarily get a lot out of seeing a PDF or powerpoint as I use these only as an outline and for supporting media for what I’m talking about. Never-the-less, I frequently get requests from attendees for slides, so here they are (well, some of them). These are for the benefit of attendees, they are not public domain… all rights reserved and all that stuff.

These are (mostly) non-vendor presentations… commercial presentations made representing Software Bisque are not available for download. However, some YouTube videos will be listed here if I think they have a wider appeal.

Nightfall 2016
Astrophotography Gear 101; Getting Good Data

The premium workshop at Nightfall in 2016 was a daylong workshop on astrophotography gear. I try to avoid talking about processing as I find that quite subjective, but best practices for getting the best data is not as subject to the whims of artistic fancy. The first half was more general, and the second half was mostly about selecting a good camera.
Link: Part 1.
Link: Part 2.

Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) 2015
Astrophotography 101 with a DSLR

DSLR’s are the most common camera in use for amateur astrophotography today. Often seen as a beginners tool or as a stepping stone to cooled CCD cameras, DSLR’s have many advantages of their own, and are sometimes even better suited for a given imaging goal. In this workshop Richard reviews the basics of astrophotography from the perspective of the DSLR imager, and discusses the unique advantages and applications possible with a DSLR; including DSLR modifications. This workshop will lay a solid foundation for any practitioner in the field exploring the nature of noise, unwanted signal, and the need for proper calibration for best results with a DSLR.
Link: A complete video of this presentation will be made available on the AIC web site one year after the event.

The Paramount Workflow
The Astro Imaging Channel

On March 29th 2015, I did a live Paramount Imaging demonstration from my dark sky site near Okeechobee Florida for the Google hangouts Astro Imaging Channel. It was a lot of fun, and there was one snafu that turned out to be a good “teaching moment”. Here it is, captured for all posterity!

Winter Star Party (WSP) 2015
Choosing a Camera for Astrophotography

Is a CCD always better than a DSLR? Should you go monochrome with filters, or One Shot Color? Do you really not have to shoot darks with some of these newer sensors? How do you choose what camera best suits your goals as an astrophotographer, and your budget? Richard will talk about the technology behind modern imaging cameras and give some advice on what to look for in your next (or first) astro camera. In addition, he’ll talk about the very important, but often neglected topic of matching your cameras capabilities and image scale to your optical train.
Link (27.4mb): Choosing a Camera

Southwest Astrophotography Seminar (SWAP) 2014
The Beginners Guide to Astrophotography Equipment

What kind of scope, mount, camera, software do I need? Do I need a guider? What kind? How do I process my images? Getting started in astrophotography can be bewildering, frustrating, and expensive for the uninitiated. In this workshop Richard will discuss the fundamentals of equipment selection and the real physical limitations inherent in this, the most challenging and demanding form of photography that there is.
Link (40.7mb): Beginners Guide to Equipment

Getting Started in Astrophotography with a DSLR

DSLR’s are the most common camera in use for amateur astrophotography today. Often seen as a beginners tool or as a stepping stone to cooled CCD cameras, DSLR’s have many advantages of their own, and are sometimes even better suited for a given imaging goal. In this workshop Richard reviews the basics of astrophotography from the perspective of the DSLR imager, and discusses the unique advantages and applications possible with a DSLR.
Link: This presentation was absorbed, updated, expanded (and even corrected) for the AIC 2015 presentation. If you attended this workshop, you really want the AIC material instead. I promise.

Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) 2014
The Hitchhikers Guide to Astrophotography

We’ll take a trip through the various fashionable and non-so-fashionable districts of the field of astrophotography from getting started to hard core advanced techniques. What to buy? How to choose? What to expect? To DSLR or not to DSLR? What if I have a tight budget? What if my company just went public? What does it take to get from noisy smudges to APOD contender?
Link: Email me if you attended this daylong workshop

Others TBD:

RAW/PATS
CFAS/DSLR