DeepSky CCD/CMOS Astrophotgraphy

Learn How the Pros Do Astrophotography!

This course offers deep insight into the workings of CCD/CMOS sensor-based cameras and how they differ from traditional DSLRs. Covering the basics of capturing data to processing it. 

– You do not require a CCD/CMOS camera to join this course.

Level - Intermediate

This course is intended for individuals over the age of 14+

3 Day Program

15-hour extensive course

Course fee - AED 1500

This fee will include practical and theoretical learning


Verified Certificate

Certificate presented by Dubai Astronomy Group

Course Schedule

Day 1: Introduction


  • What is CCD/CMOS?

  • What is CCD/CMOS AP

  • Color Vs Black & White


  • Types of OTAs and their purpose

  • Types of CCD/CMOS Astrophotography

    • Narrow Field

    • Wide Field
  • Types of mounts

  • Challenges of DSLR AP

  • CCD/CMOS Filters

  • Filters Wheels

  • Guidescopes

  • Polar Alignment techniques

  • Guidescopes

  • Polar Alignment techniques

  • Imagining Techniques

    • Long vs Short Exposure


  • Software for CCD/CMOS Astrophotography

  • Planning an Astrophotography Trip

    • Choosing a spot

    • Equipment Needed

    • Check List

Practical Session

Day 2: Trip

  • Double-check the equipment
  • Arrive at location
  • Intro to the structure of the night sky
  • Beginning the shooting session


Day 3: Processing Data

  • Processing the captured data

Meet your instructor

Mr. Ahmad Hasan

Astrophysicist, Photographer, & Technical Expert

Worked for 2 years in Sharjah Astronomy Academy (SAASST). Started off as a data scientist later specialized in developing mini-satellites, Oversaw and participated in building the payload, also competed with other countries on best compact design for a Can sized satellite in the TurkSat Competition. Astrophotography enthusiast. Volunteered in Dubai Astronomy Group’s many electronic projects from controlling the motors of big telescopes to building weather stations and meteor detectors.


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