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    • 06/03/2021
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    • 07/08/2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    • 13
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    Advanced Night Sky Photography

    An in-depth advanced course about wide-field night sky photography with digital SLR or mirrorless cameras and ordinary lenses…not employing telescopes. How to shoot well-composed and exposed starscapes, night sky landscapes, eclipses, the moon, the sun, astronomical phenomena. 

    Pre-requisites: Previous enrollment in AAA Night Sky Photography class (any date) or skill level at intermediate and above. Some night sky photography experience helpful. This is not a beginning class. 

    Requirements: Digital camera with interchangeable lenses (point and shoot cameras won’t work), tripod, image processing software (Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom recommended). Intermediate-level knowledge of photography and workings of camera. Knowledge of image processing software.

    June 3:  Composition

    Good/bad, visualization, storytelling. Looking vs seeing in evaluating photos. Determining best focal length for picture.

    June 10: Equipment, planning

    Detailed review of cameras, lenses, accessories. How to plan an image with apps. How to read star charts. Review proper exposure. Prepare for field trip.

    June 17: Field Trip

    First quarter moon. Demonstration of different lenses, small tracking mounts. Location: Central Park (weather will alter date and location may change. See details in syllabus for those outside of NYC).

    June 24: Critique from field trip, start image processing

    Review class images from field trip. Discuss organizing files, editing, processing. 

    July 1: Image Processing II

    Advanced techniques. Detailed demo in Adobe Camera RAW + Photoshop.Selection tools, layers. How proper camera exposure influences processing.

    July 8: Putting it all together

    Review of procedures. More critiques, processing – panoramas, preparing for printing.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the first day of class. Class recordings available during the course and for 4 weeks after. There will be at least one field trip. Date of the field trip may change due to weather.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Thursdays

    Cost: $60, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

    Instructor:  Stan Honda is a New York-based photographer and worked as a photojournalist for over 38 years. His photographs for Agence France-Presse from the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center were widely published and three images are on display in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Currently working independently, a documentary book and film, Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps, was recently published with author Sharon Yamato. A continuing project involves night sky landscapes and he has worked as an artist-in-residence at seven national parks. Stan has had 8 images selected for NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website. He is a previous Board Member of the AAA and coordinates the Astrophotography Google Group. See Stan’s pictures at his website or follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

    • 06/06/2021
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    • 07/04/2021
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    • 3 sessions
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    AAASky

    AAASky is the official podcast of the Amateur Astronomers Association, for astronomy fans in New York City and beyond.


    Join co-hosts Irene and Stanley as they interview club members, prominent scientists, and personalities on the New York astronomical scene. Topics range from current space missions, night sky observing, astrophotography, cosmological research—plus AAA news and messages, and of course, Irene’s celestial forecast. Join us every other week to find out what’s happening above, with AAASky.


    Click the registration link to get email alerts when new episodes are available!

    Find us at aaasky.nyc and wherever you find podcasts.

    • 06/08/2021
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    • 07/13/2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    Summer Smorgasbord

    Six classes on a variety of interesting astronomy topics with different instructors. The fee is $45 for all six  for AAA members, or $15 for individual classes.  After registering you will be sent an invite to join the Google Classroom and the Zoom link for the classes. Click any class title below to register for only that individual class.

    June 8: Night Sky Landscapes

    Maggie Machinsky and Preston Stahly will present night landscape images taken by the AAA Astrophotography group. Both will discuss their shooting techniques for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. 

    This and the following class are organized by Stan Honda, previous AAA Board member and instructor for introductory and advanced Astrophotography courses.

    June 15: Deep Sky Images

    Urban astrophotography? Mauri Ronsenthal and others will show that it’s possible. They will show deep sky images taken by the AAA Astrophotography group in the New York City area and discuss equipment and shooting techniques. 


    June 22: Introduction to Stellarium, a Free Sky Computer App

    Stellarium is your HAL 9000 [from “2001” movie] without the psychotic malfunction. Plan your astrophotography session, learn about the night sky, travel the solar system and Universe, and figure out what you actually see through your eyepiece or binoculars. Instructor Matthias Schmitt is a completing a Masters degree in astronomy and teaches public observation sessions for the Park Service in Utah. He also directs TV/cable programs on space science and adventures for young people.

    June 29: Gravity for the Perplexed

    We take our biological reaction to gravity so for granted that it is a challenge to sit back and carefully dissect its awesome reality. This presentation covers a broad range of topics that examine how gravity impacts our ways of thinking about our place in the universe. Usually, we simply think about gravity as something that makes us fall down or drives planets around the sun. But with general relativity and beyond, we are forced to recognize that this phenomenon is fundamental to the way we think about our own existence. By approaching this terra incognita we are humbled to acknowledge our own ignorance about this experience. Instructor Bob Marx is a retired physics teacher, a student of astronomy and physics history, and AAA member.

    July 6: Historic Missions

    We’ve come a long way in space exploration in the past 60 years. Today we’re flying helicopters on Mars, and collecting samples from asteroids. These and other achievements built on preceding missions, stretching back to some of our earliest steps away from Earth. This class takes a look at just two of the early programs that were foundational in planetary exploration: Pioneer, and Venera. Each of these programs spanned decades, blazing trails in a new frontier, and inspiring generations. We’ll discuss some of the great challenges and accomplishments of these historic missions.  Instructor Irene Pease is a past president of AAA, co-host of the AAA podcast, AAASky, and Brooklyn’s Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer.

    July 13: The Ultimate Two-Hour Telescope Presentation

    For most amateur astronomers (and many professionals) the telescope is a surprisingly misunderstood instrument. Yet it is the fundamental tool for all astronomers. By the end of this talk, you'll know everything you've ever wanted to know about telescopes and a lot you were unaware of. Among the topics covered will be the telescope's origins, fundamentals of telescope optics, how to select the right telescope, how to maintain a telescope and properly diagnose problems. This presentation is for the total newbie all the way up to the most advanced observer. Taught by Bart Fried, the Executive Vice-President of the AAA.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the first day of class. Class recordings available during the course and for 4 weeks after.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Tuesdays

    Cost: $45, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

    • 06/15/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 18
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    Summer Smorgasbord: Deep Sky Images

    Urban astrophotography? Mauri Ronsenthal and others will show that it’s possible. They will show deep sky images taken by the AAA Astrophotography group in the New York City area and discuss equipment and shooting techniques.

    This and the June 8 class, Night Sky Landscapes, are organized by Stan Honda, previous AAA Board member and instructor for introductory and advanced Astrophotography courses.

    This class is part of a six-class series on a variety of interesting astronomy topics with different instructors. The fee is $45 for all six  for AAA members, or $15 for individual classes.  After registering you will be sent an invite to join the Google Classroom and the Zoom link for the classes.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the class. Class recordings available for 4 weeks after.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Tuesday, June 15

    Cost: $15, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

    • 06/22/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 19
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    Summer Smorgasbord: Introduction to Stellarium,

    a Free Sky Computer App

    Stellarium is your HAL 9000 [from “2001” movie] without the psychotic malfunction. Plan your astrophotography session, learn about the night sky, travel the solar system and Universe, and figure out what you actually see through your eyepiece or binoculars. Instructor Matthias Schmitt is a completing a Masters degree in astronomy and teaches public observation sessions for the Park Service in Utah. He also directs TV/cable programs on space science and adventures for young people.

    This class is part of a six-class series on a variety of interesting astronomy topics with different instructors. The fee is $45 for all six  for AAA members, or $15 for individual classes.  After registering you will be sent an invite to join the Google Classroom and the Zoom link for the classes.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the class. Class recordings available for 4 weeks after.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Tuesday, June 22

    Cost: $15, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

    • 06/29/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 20
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    Summer Smorgasbord: Gravity for the Perplexed


    We take our biological reaction to gravity so for granted that it is a challenge to sit back and carefully dissect its awesome reality. This presentation covers a broad range of topics that examine how gravity impacts our ways of thinking about our place in the universe. Usually, we simply think about gravity as something that makes us fall down or drives planets around the sun. But with general relativity and beyond, we are forced to recognize that this phenomenon is fundamental to the way we think about our own existence. By approaching this terra incognita we are humbled to acknowledge our own ignorance about this experience. Instructor Bob Marx is a retired physics teacher, a student of astronomy and physics history, and AAA member.

    This class is part of a six-class series on a variety of interesting astronomy topics with different instructors. The fee is $45 for all six  for AAA members, or $15 for individual classes.  After registering you will be sent an invite to join the Google Classroom and the Zoom link for the classes.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the class. Class recordings available for 4 weeks after.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Tuesday, June 29

    Cost: $15, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

    • 07/06/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    Summer Smorgasbord: Historic Missions


    We’ve come a long way in space exploration in the past 60 years. Today we’re flying helicopters on Mars, and collecting samples from asteroids. These and other achievements built on preceding missions, stretching back to some of our earliest steps away from Earth. This class takes a look at just two of the early programs that were foundational in planetary exploration: Pioneer, and Venera. Each of these programs spanned decades, blazing trails in a new frontier, and inspiring generations. We’ll discuss some of the great challenges and accomplishments of these historic missions.  Instructor Irene Pease is a past president of AAA, co-host of the AAA podcast, AAASky, and Brooklyn’s Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer.

    This class is part of a six-class series on a variety of interesting astronomy topics with different instructors. The fee is $45 for all six  for AAA members, or $15 for individual classes.  After registering you will be sent an invite to join the Google Classroom and the Zoom link for the classes.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the class. Class recordings available for 4 weeks after.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Tuesday, July 6

    Cost: $15, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

    • 07/13/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 17
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    Summer Smorgasbord: The Ultimate Two-Hour Telescope Presentation


    For most amateur astronomers (and many professionals) the telescope is a surprisingly misunderstood instrument. Yet it is the fundamental tool for all astronomers. By the end of this talk, you'll know everything you've ever wanted to know about telescopes and a lot you were unaware of. Among the topics covered will be the telescope's origins, fundamentals of telescope optics, how to select the right telescope, how to maintain a telescope and properly diagnose problems. This presentation is for the total newbie all the way up to the most advanced observer. Taught by Bart Fried, the Executive Vice-President of the AAA.

    This class is part of a six-class series on a variety of interesting astronomy topics with different instructors. The fee is $45 for all six  for AAA members, or $15 for individual classes.  After registering you will be sent an invite to join the Google Classroom and the Zoom link for the classes.

    Location: Classes will be online using Zoom. Sign-in with an ID code given to you the weekend before the class. Class recordings available for 4 weeks after.

    Time: 7-9 PM, Tuesday, July 13

    Cost: $15, AAA Members only. Not a Member? Join for $35.

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