2018 May 15-21 (departures on May 22)
Visit the European stargazing paradise in the Canary Islands for a week-long intensive workshop, well known to night sky photographers world-wide. Learn secrets of nightscape and timelapse Imaging by the founder & director of The World at Night program, National Geographic photographer Babak Tafreshi, who spent over two decades practicing this type of photography and exploring the night sky from all continents. Improve your photo editing and processing skills and spend time at one of the world’s leading astronomical observatories located on top of a jaw-dropping caldera.
La Palma has one of the world’s darkest skies, preserved due to naturally protected areas of the island and the observatory light regulations on the island. La Palma is also a paradise for hikers, beach goers, and nature lovers. The program includes trips to various parts of the island and stunning overlooks to the giant caldera with sea of clouds underneath.
Astromaster brings together both hobbyist and professional photographers with the passion for starry skies, but its recommended to enthusiasts with some experience on night imaging and photo processing. If you are an absolute beginner with interest to attend, do some practice in the next few months and make yourself ready for the program.
Astromaster has been running since 2013 in collaboration between La Palma Astronomy Tours and The World at Night and shared the knowledge with many photographers from across the globe.
How to Join
Please make sure you are able to participate and Astromaster is the right program for you before booking. You can cancel by December 31st without any fee and the deposit will be fully refunded. After this date the deposit won’t be returned on cancellation.
Step 1: Secure your spot by paying 300€ (~ $355) deposit here with credit card or PayPal.
Step 2: Read the program details, complete the booking, fulfill the payment on the workshop page, before March 1st.
Step 3: Babak and LaPalma team will be in touch with you over emails to prepare you for the trip.
Price 1750€ (EUR) – 10% discount to past Astromaster participants
The fee covers:
– Over 30 hours of theoretical sessions in classroom
– All photo shooting excursions and transports from (4-6, weather depending)
– Main Meals (except for the free day), hot beverages & snacks at photo sessions
– Visit to the Observatory at El Roque de Los Muchachos
– Accommodation at the Observatory (only, not the entire week)
– Insurance, tax, assistance
Please note you should book your own accommodation except for the observatory night. In the past we had this covered in the package but it was too complicated with those wishing to stay at different places. Therefor this option has been removed.
Also note the practical sessions transport is from/to meeting point in Los Cancajos where most people stay.
Venue, Accommodation, Itinerary
The venue is Hotel Las Olas in Los Cancajos area between the island capital, only 5-10 minutes drive from the airport towards the city, Santa Cruz de La Palma. There are plenty of affordable options to book in this area.
The itinerary below may slightly change in daily details according to the weather and local circumstances. You will be updated.
Day 1, Tue May15: arrivals, evening meeting and short imaging session with Babak in a walking distance from the hotels. Sunset is ~ 9pm and darkness at ~ 10pm
Day 2, Wed May16: All day class 10:00-18:00 with lunch and other breaks. New Moon at dusk. Possible imaging session
Day 3, Thu May17: All day class 10:00-18:00. Beautiful Moon & Venus conjunction. Moonset at 23:15. Possible imaging session
Day 4, Fri May18: 10:30 drive to the observatory. Sandwich lunch at the caldera. Visiting the telescopes. Short class in the afternoon. Group dinner. Milky Way rises and moon sets at midnight. Long imaging session. Accommodation in the observatory.
Day 5, Sat May19: Late breakfast in the observatory. Check out rooms by noon. Sandwich lunch. Afternoon class in the observatory. Group dinner. Imaging session to 1am at the caldera. Drive down to hotels.
Day 6, Sun May 20: Free day to rest and enjoy the island
Day 7, Mon May 21: Class 10:00-16:00. Drive to southern tip of island for a farewell group dinner and fantastic sunset. Imaging session next to an iconic lighthouse. Drive back to the hotels after midnight.
Day 8, Tue May 22: departure