Astrophotography Excursions 2020

Next year is the year of “more”: more events, more intense, more growth for the photographic community! Back in September, we had our first major Mike’s Camera excursion, visiting the Great Sand Dunes national park and heading back with some amazing images and new friends. It’s an educational format we’re eager to expand, and we’ll be doing so in 2020.

First to be scheduled? Five major astrophotography workshops! (Perfect to put that EOS Ra to use, eh?) Four are long weekends—running from Wednesday through Saturday night, with a Sunday departure date—and one is a one-nighter for anyone who needs something a little shorter.

All workshops include intensive, on-site education and guidance to make sure you end up with the celestial landscapes of which you’ve dreamed… and, perhaps, a whole new obsession. We’ll cover astrophotography from start to finish: preparation, the actual shoot, and post-processing techniques. Transportation and lodging are (mostly) not included, but we’ve blocked out discounted hotel rates in the area for each workshop.

Click the links, below, to read complete details for each class, then use the link on the right side of the informational page to sign up today! There are only eight slots available for the four-day workshops and ten for the one-nighter in Westcliffe, so don’t delay or you might miss out.

Arches National Park

April 22–25 • Click here to register
June 20–23 • Click here to register

We’ll be visiting some of the most iconic locations in Arches as well as a few lesser-known sites. An astronomical tour with high-powered telescopes and a specialized guide is included.

Monument Valley

May 21–24 • Click here to register

From Agathla Peak to the unmissable mittens to the Mystery Valley (led by a Navajo guide), this is as complete a photo tour as you’re likely to find. Transportation around the valley is included, as we’ll be visiting numerous sites accessible only with a 4×4 vehicle. Whether you’re a Western aficionado or connect spiritually with the desert, you won’t be disappointed.

Westcliffe, CO: Dark Sky Community

July 18 • Click here to register

Sitting at 8,000 feet, Westcliffe, CO is the highest Dark Sky Community in the world—and, therefore, the closest to the stars. Dinner, lodging, and breakfast are included in this short visit, and our focus will be on photographing the Milky Way.

August – Grand Teton National Park

August 19–23 • Click here to register

Join us in Jackson, WY, where we’ll take advantage of the crisp, thin mountain air to capture worlds beyond our own. In addition to shooting the Milky Way, we’ll cover star trails, image stacking, exposure blending, and even dip our toes into deep space astrophotography using a tracker.


  1. Question is regarding retirement for wide angle lens with a aperture of f/4 or larger and a full frame equivalent of 14 – 35 mm. I have Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R WR. Aperture range is F1.4 – F16. It is 24mm (35mm equivalent). Will this meet the requirements? This would be my first experience with astrophotography.

    1. Hi, Jeff—that lens should work just fine! You don’t need to cover the whole range (14-35mm f.f. equivalent), just need something in that category. Glad you’re looking to broaden your horizons.

    1. Howdy, Julie! As with any low-light photography, the larger the sensor the better results you’re likely to get, but the G3 X should be able to capture some cool stars. I believe that model even has some astrophotography-specific modes to enhance star trails, etc.

    1. I bet you can! The photographer is our very own Craig Wennersten, who will also be teaching the course. I’ve reached out to him to find out the best way to make it happen.

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