Master Classes 

of

Astrophotography

 

 

 

Comet Academy


 

Spectacular Comets of 2024 are Coming!

 

PLAN AHEAD    BE READY    LEARN and Access NOW

Horizons subscribers can access the videos below. New customers can purchase the standalone Comet Academy for $75 - (<- follow link)

If you like Comet Academy and are considering a Horizons subscription, you can apply the full $75 to unlock all videos in Horizons. 

HERE IS THE CODE (available after purchase).  

 

Reminder: It is recommended to watch the Fundamentals videos for a complete understanding of all image processing in Horizons.

12P/ Pons-Brooks

There will be a solar eclipse on 8 April 2024 with comet 12P/ Pons-Brooks just 25 degrees from the Sun! The perihelion passage is on 21 April 2024 at 0.781 AU (116.8 million km) from the Sun. Just 42 days later on 2 June 2024 when it will be 1.55 AU (232 million km) from Earth. Near perihelion, the the comet is expected to brighten to about magnitude 4.5 (around 400x brighter than the July 2023 outburst).

C/2023 A3 Tsuchinshan-ATLAS

Do not miss a ONCE IN A LIFETIME chance to capture this comet. After it reaches perihelion on October 9th it will round the Sun and pass closest to Earth at 0.5 AU and at worst shining at 4th magnitude... but some predictions suggest an even brighter apparition! As a first time visitor to the solar system it could also break up (which is also fantastic to take images of). You never know....

Concepts and Planning

 

 

 

If you want to take your planning and observations to the next level, consider joining the: 

Comet Observations Database Website (COBS)

The Use of Russ Croman XT software is a central part of the processing workflow. 

Buy the software from the links below. (SXT is minimum requirement.)


Found below are demonstrations  and complete PDF guides with data to follow along. Currently there are 4 examples below -- more to be added. 

 

Standard Comet

StarTracked, Mono, RGB, Background Nebula/Galaxy, Comet Subtraction

Workflow Guide       DATA DOWNLOAD
1.  Comet PreProcessing (WBPP)
2.  Comet Aligned Images
3.  Batch StarXTerminator
4.  Local Normalization
5.  Stacking Starless Comet Images
6.  Comet Subtraction from StarField Images
7.  Stacking Comet-Subtracted Starfields
8.  Color Calibration (Starfield) and Cleanup
9.  Comet RGB and Blending Preparation
10.  Blending and Final WrapUp

 

Flexible Design

Comet Tracked Star Streaked 

Mono, RGB, No Background Nebula/Galaxy overlapping comet, Short timeframe

 

Workflow Guide 
1.  PreProcessing with WBPP
2.  CometAlignment, Batch SXT, ImageIntegration
3.  Create Starfield, DBE, SPCC, NXT
4.  Screen, Comet Masking, Blend, WrapUp

 

Standard OSC Comet

StarTracked, CFA/OSC, Background Nebula/Galaxy, Comet Subtraction

Workflow Guide       DATA DOWNLOAD
1.  Intro and Debayer Test
2.  WBPP
3.  CometAlignment
4.  Batch StarXTerminator
5.  DBE and Cleanup
6.  Comet Subtraction from StarField Images
7.  Color Calibration with SPCC
8.  ImageBlend Script and Final Adjustments

 

Flexible Design

Traditional Comet (No SXT) 

Mono, RGB, CometAlignment, Background Nebula/Galaxy, Comet Subtraction

 

Workflow Guide  coming soon
1.  Initial Calibration with WBPP
2.  Comet Alignment
3.  Comet Subtraction from Star Fields
4.  Comet Subtraction Cleanup
5.  Comet Starless Cleanup
6.  Comet Color Correction
7.  Blending Stars and Comet with Wrap Up

Additional Information!

 

 

Comet At Standstill (standard comet)

Non-Perfect example, many problem solving issues.

Workflow Guide       DATA DOWNLOAD
1.  WBPP
2.  Comet Alignment
3.  SXT, LN, ImageIntegration (Stacking)
4.  Comet Cleanup and Comet Subtraction
5.  Starfield LN, Stacking and Cleaning
6.  Color Correction (SPCC) and Stretching
7.  Final Adjustments (ImageBlend and more)

 

Flexible Design

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