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My bit about the eclipse, and the only photo of totality I brought back:

If you don't want to read the whole thing, scroll down to the "The Great Gig in the Sky" heading.



I'll be giving two PixInsight workshops this coming month of February, in Sunnyvale, California. This is the same program I presented in my last workshops last September 2016.

Here are the links for more details and registration:

Beginner and Intermediate Levels
February 12, 2017

February 19, 2017

If you wish to attend both workshops OR if you've attended some of my workshops before, contact me directly ( for a discounted price.


TAC Imaging / Deep Sky Colors, the book
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:17:30 PM »

I wanted to let everyone know that a bit over a month ago I launched a project on Kickstarter for my very first book about deep-sky imaging.

Here's the link:

If you visit the page you'll be able to read a detailed description about the project. While the blurb is loaded with superlatives, my goal really is to produce what is being described. If I were to copy one quote from the whole description, that'd be this one:

"Deep Sky Colors" will take you deeper into astrophotography and our Universe, by documenting it from very diverse perspectives:

    It's not a manual but you will find tips and tricks here and there.
    It's not a storybook but it will be filled with stories, real stories.
    It's not a science book, but you'll learn about science.
    It's not an art book, but the book breathes art all over.
    It's not an essay, but be ready to experience astro-imaging from a very personal point of view.

If you're intrigued, please take a look, and if you like it, there's only 9 days left.

I'll be happy to answer any questions, of course.


By the end of the month I'll be leaving the Bay Area for a few months (I'll still come and go often in the meantime), and since I received a few emails from people interested in the last workshop - focused on nightscapes/starscapes, NOT deep-sky imaging - but who couldn't make it last time, I decided to offer one last class before leaving the area.

To avoid conflicts with GSSP I scheduled it for Saturday, July 25, from 9:30am to 1pm, also in Sunnyvale.

To register, or for more details, please click here:

Any questions, let me know.


Rants and Off Topic / The new TAC is getting old
« on: February 07, 2015, 03:05:33 PM »
I know there's tons of hours of work behind this web site, and maybe that's why no one has come forward - out of respect for the work done by people who just wanted to make things better and asked nothing in return - but the way I see it, in order to work around Yahoo's stupidity (that was the trigger IIRC), TAC feels like dying. There was a dynamic, lively communication among TACos via the email list. This place on the other hand feels like a cemetery.  And the email notifications feature just doesn't cut it.  There's still millions of email groups working on the net, did we really have to change the way we communicate? Just saying, this area is called RANTS so take it as such  ;)


This coming March 1st, 2015 I will be giving a 3-hours Beginner/Intermediate hands-on PixInsight processing workshop in Sunnyvale (exact location TBA to registered attendees). Price is $75.

Please visit the following page for detailed information (topics to be covered, etc) and to register:

Seating is limited and we may run out of seats rather quickly. This will be the only Beginner/Intermediate workshop I plan on doing this year (other than possibly at major events), but I do plan to do a more Advanced workshop later in the year.

For those of you who attended the workshop I did back in 2012, this time I plan to spend more time and dig much deeper on a few topics, rather than running through many.

Any questions, ask.

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