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.

Nightfall 2017 — Premium Speaker

Eric Blackhurst

Eric Blackhurst - Nightfall 2017 Speaker

Eric Blackhurst: Nightfall 2017 Speaker

For this year’s astrophotography workshop, we have secured the expertise of Eric Blackhurst. Eric earned degrees in the visual arts and industrial-scientific imaging at UCSD and the Brooks Institute of Photography, respectively. He believes the act of photographing the unseen objects and structures of the universe offered a far deeper set of challenges than more traditional genres, creating both opportunity to continue developing technical knowledge of photography and to share this with friends, colleagues and those who are new to the discipline. Formerly with OPT, Eric recently moved to PlaneWave Instruments, the distinguished manufacturer of professional-grade corrected Dall-Kirkham telescopes, among other things. He has presented at the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC), the premiere astrophotography conference in the world, and has spent much of his career educating people about astrophotography.

Eric presents Hack & Stack Processing on Saturday, October 21st from 10AM to 4PM with a 2-hour break from 12-2PM. His presentation will  focus on the hugely popular field of landscape astrophotography and image processing. You don’t need to bring anything but feel free to bring a notepad, tablet or laptop to take notes. Please be sure to mute your devices before the presentation begins.

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula

The Milky Way with boulders

Milky Way

Premium Workshop

If you’d like to purchase admission for more than one person, simply click the Pay Now button above and enter the number of attendees on the page that follows.


Additional Presentations

In addition to the premium speaker, Nightfall always features several free presentations for all to attend. Arrive early as seats may fill up! This schedule is tentative. Presenters, titles/topics, and times are subject to change. Please get the latest schedule at the hotel when you check in.



  • 10:00-11:00 – Daniel Mounsey & Simon Tang (Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes): What’s New and How to Go Broke (with special presentation on the Eagle2 WiFi Controller from PrimaluceLab)
  • 11:00-12:00 – Don Pensack of Eyepieces, Etc. (Title is pending)
  • 12:00 – Solar Eclipse Show & Tell
  • 14:00-16:00 – Beginner’s Astrophotography Workshop by Simon Tang (Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes)
    • 1st hour: Capturing the image
    • 2nd hour: Basic image processing
  • 16:30 – Welcome Reception (on the Saloon’s north deck)



  • 08:00-10:00 – Swap Meet (New for 2017!)
  • 10:00 – Solar Observing, Norman Van Treeck
  • 10:00-12:00 – PREMIUM WORKSHOP (Part 1 of 2) with Eric Blackhurst
  • 12:00-13:00 – Road Tripping: Panel discussion on taking your astrophoto gear on the road and using it in the field
  • 14:00-16:00 – PREMIUM WORKSHOP (Part 2 of 2) with Eric Blackhurst
  • 16:30 – Potluck Star-B-Que (in covered picnic BBQ area on the west end of the hotel grounds)
  • 19:00 – Evening Star Tour with Dennis Mammana
  • 21:00 – Woodland Hills Camera & Telescope Ice Cream Social


We’ll be updating this page as more details become available. Check back soon!


Previous Workshop Presenters

We’ve been fortunate at Nightfall to have the likes of Richard Wright, Jr., 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.