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.


Free Workshops

Be sure to attend the free presentations going on all day Friday and Saturday. Please keep in mind that speakers and topics are tentative and subject to change.

  • Details pending. Stay tuned!

Premium Workshop: Compelling Astrophotos – Working with Detail & Noise

Nightfall 2022 Presenter - Ron Brecher

Dr. Ron Brecher of astrodoc.ca will be our premium presenter for 2022!

The most compelling deep-sky astrophotos have just the right balance of sharp details and smooth overall texture. But getting that result requires that only legitimate structure is enhanced, while dialing down or preventing buildup of noise. Join Ron Brecher for his two-session workshop geared toward helping you get the best from your astrophotos. While he’ll use his preferred image processing software, PixInsight, the concepts apply to any image processing. The morning session will look at techniques to use in the linear state (before “stretching”). After lunch, Ron will focus on techniques that can be used after stretching, on nonlinear images.

Ron is an avid amateur astronomer with 20+ years of experience. His photos and articles are regularly featured in print and online magazines, journals, CD covers, calendars and more. Ron writes for astronomy publications in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is a PixInsight Ambassador, and is the Technical Reviewer for both editions of the highly acclaimed reference text, Inside PixInsight. He is a Contributing Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine.

Ron is available for one-on-one online astrophotography tutoring and support, including equipment setup, troubleshooting and image processing with PixInsight.

Premium Workshop

Additional Activities

  • Welcome reception
  • Swap meet
  • Solar viewing
  • Star-be-cue
  • Evening Program & Night Sky Tour
  • Ice cream social

Volunteer Presenters

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.


Previous Premium Workshop Presenters

We’ve been fortunate at Nightfall to have the likes of 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.