Join astrophotographer Richard S. Wright Jr. along with Sky & Telescope's Associate Editor Sean Walker for the continuation of a turbocharged quick-start baptism into PixInsight image-processing software.

Building on the first Boot Camp webinar’s philosophy of making “soup, not a soufflé,” Richard continues the process now from calibrated and aligned master images to basic gradient and noise control, through stretching to create an image you won’t be ashamed to post on social media. After the session all participants will receive a link to download the sample data set that will be used for this webinar.

Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar to ask him questions about your specific situation. That's Thursday, November 15th, at 1:00 p.m. ET (18:00 UT). Price: $29.99

For over a decade Richard has practiced astrophotography full time as a software developer at Software Bisque. His image-processing journey began with free software found on the Internet, then progressed to Photoshop, PixInsight, and a variety of software tools to produce his images. Today Richard uses a variety of processing tools but still leans most heavily on PixInsight, especially for the pre-processing stages.

Buy the webinar in our online store, and you'll receive an email to register for the event. Each registration also comes with access to the archived version of the program and materials for one year. You don’t have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. But if you do, you can chat with Richard and ask questions. Any questions not addressed during the live presentation will be included in a follow-up email.

What You'll Learn

How to trim and align separate color channels
How to create good master calibration frames
Background neutralization and color-balance
Noise reduction techniques
Using the histogram tool to do a basic adjustment
How to use curves to enhance contrast and boost color saturation

Who Should Attend

Anyone just getting started in astrophotography
Attendees of Part 1 of this webinar looking for the next steps
Anyone bewildered by PixInsight's graphical user interface
Intermediate imagers interested in transitioning to PixInsight

About the Instructor: Richard S. Wright Jr.

Richard S. Wright Jr.
Richard is a senior software product developer for Software Bisque and an avid astro-imager and daytime photographer. Authoring the majority of TheSkyX's native camera plug-ins across all OS platforms, An avid astro-imager and daytime photographer himself, Richard has a lifelong passion for astronomy and imaging. He started shooting the Moon with film in the late 1990s, and it was just a slippery slope to DSLRs and CCD cameras thereafter. Having an obscene number of telescopes and cameras at his disposal, Richard images every clear night he can from both suburban Orlando and his dark-sky camp in Okeechobee, Florida.

How Does the Webinar Work?

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and any materials for one year. You don’t have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You’ll receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an email that goes out a week after the live event. In all Sky & Telescope webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions, and any questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in the follow-up email as well.

The webinar is broadcast via the Internet, using GoToWebinar, with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter's computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event that some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.

What Equipment Do I Need?

All you need is a computer or other device and an Internet connection. You’ll be able to view the presentation and listen to the audio over computer speakers; however, you’ll enjoy better audio quality if you use a telephone. For complete system requirements, see this page.

You can check your system’s compatibility automatically before the live webinar by visiting this page.

That's Thursday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m. EST (18:00 UTC). Price: $29.99. Sign up here!


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