Workshops & Presentations

Nightfall features a premium workshop on Saturday and free presentations throughout Friday and Saturday. The premium workshop requires a fee, preferably paid in advance. Space is limited but if seats are still available, the fee may be paid at the door.


Premium Workshop

We’re excited to welcome Molly Wakeling as the Nightfall Premium Workshop presenter!

Presenter: Molly Wakeling
Title: Soup-to-Nuts PixInsight Processing & Catching Photons While You Catch Z’s
Description: Molly’s presentation will emphasize two major areas: (1) programming/scripting an evening with the telescope and camera to acquire data, and (2) important processing tips to bring out the best of that data.

Molly Wakeling (AstronoMolly) got into astrophotography in July 2015 after receiving her first telescope as a gift. Much trial and error later, she now has four astrophotography rigs set up in her backyard in Albuquerque, NM, including one dedicated to variable star and exoplanet transit observations. She recently joined Astronomy Magazine as a Contributing Editor, taking on the “Observing Basics” column long-written by Glenn Chaple. Molly is actively involved in STEM outreach, sharing views through the telescope and presenting to astronomy clubs, classrooms, and star parties across the country, both in-person and online. She is also a panelist and broadcaster on The Astro Imaging Channel YouTube show.  Molly recently earned her PhD in Nuclear Engineering.

Checkout Molly’s image gallery here: Molly Wakeling’s gallery – AstroBin

Premium Workshop


Free Workshops

Be sure to attend the free presentations going on all day Friday and Saturday. Get information on the latest astronomy equipment, current sky events, building an observatory, or other topics… all free!

Interested in volunteering? Would you like to help by volunteering to be a presenter? If you have a presentation of astronomical interest you would like to share with Nightfall attendees, please contact presenters@nightfallstarparty.com.

Possible topics include; visual observing, astrophotography equipment and processing, light pollution, space exploration, and just about anything that may be of interest to the star party attendees.


Additional Activities

  • Welcome reception
  • Swap meet
  • Solar viewing
  • Potluck star-be-cue
  • Evening Program & Night Sky Tour
  • Ice cream social
  • Hanging out at the pools, hot tubs, restaurant and bar!

See the General Info page for details about these activities!


Previous Premium Workshop Presenters

We’ve been fortunate at Nightfall to have the likes of Ron Brecher, Mike Unsold, Neil Fleming, Warren Keller, Adam Block and many other familiar names join us to share their knowledge and love for astronomy and astrophotography. Checkout the archives page for more information on previous Nightfall presenters.