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Beginner Deep Sky Astrophotography 
Kanab, Utah
Coleader Kah-Wai Lin




May 22nd - 24th, 2023

All skill levels



10 students

3 Days / 2 Nights | $ 1,095 without lodging ($1,495 with lodging)

Trip Overview

  • Learn how to polar align and capture deep sky astrophotographs with a portable tracker mount.

  • Learn how to stack and edit deep sky astrophotos within PixInsight and Photoshop.
  • Learn how to select the proper equipment for deep sky astrophotography.

  • Learn methods for capturing advanced deep sky astrophotography. 


What is included?

  • Lodging (single occupancy rooms).

  • Myself and Kah-Wai Lin as your astrophotography guides.

  • Two sessions of deep sky image processing in PixInsight and Photoshop and Lightroom.

What should I bring?

  • Camera

    • DSLR, or mirrorless digital camera

    • Cooled astro-CMOS cameras for advanced students are welcome

  • Portable Star Tracker

    • Such as SkyWatcher Star Adventurer, or iOptron SkyGuider

  • Lenses/Telescopes

    • For deep sky astrophotography such as 50mm, 135mm, or 70-200mm. 

    • For advanced students a portable telescope such as William Optics RedCat are great

  • Sturdy tripod and ball head.

  • Multiple charged batteries, battery charger, and empty memory cards.

  • Shutter release cable (intervalometer).

  • Headlamp with a red light setting and warm clothing.

  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop and PixInsight installed.

  • * I recommend ordering a L-bracket for your camera body if you do not already have this accessory. L-brackets allow quickly swapping between landscape and portrait orientation while keeping portrait shots to remain centered over the tripod

What is not included?

  • Airfare

  • Meals

  • Travel insurance


  • This 3 day and 2 night workshop costs $1,495 (lodging included) with a $600 deposit required to reserve a spot. If you do not require lodging then the tuition is $1,095. The remaining balance is due 3 months prior the workshop. 3 % card processing fee is included within the tuition.

Physical Fitness Requirement:

  • This deep sky astrophotography will not involve hiking to locations.

Permits and Certifications:

  • In the event of an emergency, I am certified in CPR and First Aid.

  • I am trained in the practice of Leave-no-Trace hiking and camping to protect the natural resources.


Night 1:

Deep sky astrophotography at night.

Day 2 and Night:

Deep sky astrophotography image processing during the day and shooting at night.

Your Teacher

Hi! My name is Matt and I am a professional photographer with decades of of experience and a passion for education. Along with a Master's degree in Geology and Planetary Science, I hold a teaching degree and was a National Park Service Astronomy Ranger. The goal of my workshops is to help teach my students so they reach their full photographic potential. Having students push their creative boundaries and enjoying themselves in the field behind the camera means everything to me. I know how exciting it is catching that inspiring moment with a camera and I love sharing that excitement with my students! When you sign up for my workshops you are not only enrolling in an educational trip, but you are joining a family of other workshop photographers who share your passion for travel and self-improvement.


Cancellations + Refunds

Full refunds (excluding the deposit) will be given if a student has to withdraw, but must be requested no later than 6 months prior to the start of the workshop. 50% of the workshop payment (not including the deposit) will be refunded if requested within 4 months to the start of the tour. In the event of a weather related emergency, or any other circumstance causing the workshop to be canceled, a voucher for an upcoming workshop will be issued. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover your trip.

Acknowledgement of Risk

By joining this workshop you are acknowledging there at inherent risks during hiking and being in the outdoors. You accept full responsibility for taking care of yourself during this workshop. By joining the workshop you agree to not hold Matt Dieterich Photography, LLC liable for any injures or damaged equipment. I recommend having insurance on your equipment to protect your investment.

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