Season 2 is all about capturing the Milky Way!

Season 2 is divided into two sections: beginner and advanced. 

The beginner section is focused on getting your first Milky Way shot as easy as possible, using basic equipment. The advanced section uses a different type of camera, a star tracker, and digs into more difficult techniques and processing to get you a mind-blowing image of the Milky Way band.

 

 

Best of all, we won't bore you with unnecessary talking, music, or awkward pauses in any of the videos. We created this course with LEARNING in mind and we will only discuss what's crucial to improve your skills.

 

This course will help you go from a novice to an advanced astrophotographer, and save you tons of time and frustration.


Course curriculum

  • 01

    The Galactic Hub

    • A Message from the Instructors

    • How to Navigate this Course

    • Useful Resources

    • Table of Contents

    • Astrophotography Glossary

  • 02

    S2 Chapter 1: Photographing the Milky Way - Introduction

    • Welcome to Season 2!

    • The Milky Way: What is it, and Why Photograph it?

    • Survey: Your Current Milky Way Photography Skills

  • 03

    S2 Chapter 2: Milky Way Photography - Planning our shot

    • Introduction

    • The Best Time to Image the Milky Way

    • The Best Location to Photograph the Milky Way and Escaping Light Pollution

    • Using SkySafari to Plan our Shot

    • Useful Apps for Milky Way Photography

    • PhotoPills Walkthrough

    • Planning our Shot: Summary

  • 04

    S2 Chapter 3: Beginner Milky Way Photography - Equipment

    • Introduction

    • The Camera: Canon 7D Mark II

    • The Tripod: Orion Paragon XHD Heavy Duty

    • Image Acquisition: Wired Intervalometer

    • The Lens: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8

    • Other Accessories: SD card / Battery pack

    • Beginner Equipment Summary

  • 05

    S2 Chapter 4: Beginner Milky Way Photography - Camera Settings

    • Introduction

    • Camera Navigation: Canon 7D Mark II

    • The "500 Rule"

    • Camera Settings

    • Switching the Lens to Manual Mode

    • Activating BULB Mode on the camera

    • Camera Settings - Summary

  • 06

    S2 Chapter 5: Beginner Milky Way Photography - Photographing the Milky Way

    • Introduction

    • Arriving on Location

    • Setting Up the Equipment

    • Focusing the Lens

    • Framing the Milky Way and Taking Some Test Shots

    • Taking Images of the Milky Way

    • Photographing the Milky Way - Summary

  • 07

    S2 Chapter 6: Beginner Milky Way Photography - Processing

    • Introduction

    • Download our Raw Image!

    • Enhancing our Image using Lightroom

    • Processing Summary

    • Survey: Milky Way Beginner Section

  • 08

    S2 Chapter 7: Advanced Milky Way Photography - Equipment

    • Introduction

    • The Camera: Canon Ra

    • The Lens: Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4

    • The Tripod: Radian Carbon Fiber Tripod

    • The Star Tracker: Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro

    • Accessories: SD Card and Wireless Intervalometer

    • Advanced Equipment Summary

  • 09

    S2 Chapter 8: Advanced Milky Way Photography - Camera Settings

    • Introduction

    • Camera Navigation: Canon Ra

    • The "NPF Rule"

    • Camera Settings

    • Switching the Lens to Manual Mode

    • Activating BULB Mode on the Camera

    • Camera Settings - Summary

  • 10

    S2 Chapter 9: Advanced Milky Way Photography - Photographing the Milky Way

    • Introduction

    • Scouting for Foregrounds during Daytime

    • Setting Up the Equipment and Balancing

    • Polar Aligning the Star Tracker

    • Focusing, Framing, and Taking a Test Shot

    • Understanding the Histogram

    • Tracker OFF: Capturing the Foreground

    • Tracker ON: Capturing the Milky Way

    • Photographing the Milky Way tracked - Summary

    • Extra - How to Make a Milky Way Arch Panorama

  • 11

    S2 Chapter 10: Advanced Milky Way Photography - Processing

    • Introduction

    • Importing and Organizing the Files

    • Download our Raw Files!

    • Stacking the Milky Way using PixInsight

    • Processing the Milky Way using PixInsight

    • Adding a Foreground using Photoshop

    • Milky Way Processing Summary

  • 12

    S2 Chapter 11: Milky Way Photography Conclusion

    • Introduction

    • Purchasing a Print and Finding a Custom Frame

    • Hanging Your Work

    • Galactic Course Season 2 Conclusion

    • Survey - Season 2

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

“One of a kind! Astrophotography is an intense hobby and it can be hard to know where to start or find the information and help needed throughout the learning process. I had always wished there was an all in one class or course to help lay it all out in the same way I have learned my other photography skills. When I saw this course announced I was super excited and signed up right away. It is very informative and well put together, covering everything a beginner would need to know. Highly recommend.”

Sydney, Australia

Lachland M.

“This truly is an all-in-one course for learning astrophotography. It will help you choose what equipment you will need. Or if you already have some equipment it will help you to get the best out of your equipment. It covers everything from the equipment, to taking the pictures, to how to edit the pictures. And then it even shows you where to get your picture printed to show off the skills that you have acquired.”

Utah, USA

Tom G.

“This course is absolutely outstanding. Great course with 100% real-world scenarios and lots of materials to download. I love the course and would recommend it as the first thing to whoever wants to wet their feet in astrophotography. 100% worth the investment and not at all a hefty price considering the help this course provides with whatever we might need to learn and invest in the rig. This would be THE course I would recommend to anyone who wants to start astrophotography as a hobby.”

Missouri, USA

Dheeraj M.

“I loved everything and have learned so much! It was well worth the investment and I can't wait for the next course to be released.”

California, USA

Shelia L.

“I really enjoyed the course. Nothing was overly technical and was well explained. I've really enjoyed having access to the Discord community and being able to get answers and see questions from others like myself just starting out. So far it's been worth the investment, with the understanding that future seasons are going to be added. I also enjoyed the fact that you used different equipment and explained in detail what to do with all of it. ”

Minnesota, USA

Josh B.

“Tons of valuable information on astrophotography. The way they have the courses set up, you can mix and match section to ultimately fit the setup that works for you.”

North Carolina, USA

Jeffrey P.

“Def worth the investment! Learned a lot and the use of your data will help a lot in learning how to edit. ”

Arizona, USA

Bradley H.

“I feel this was a great course and it was well worth the money for me. We all spend a lot of money on our equipment and having someone to help you through all the ins and outs makes it more enjoyable. I wish something like this was around for me 35 years ago when I first started, then my telescope my not have sat in the corner collecting dust all that time. Of course the technology has changed but the love of space has not. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.”

Wyoming, USA

Jeff H.

“Great job on both Seasons! I learned a lot from them and really look forward to learning more as my own Astro journey begins!”

South Carolina, USA

Kenneth Harrison

“I made the move from visual to astrophotography about a year ago. I have been heavily leveraging Galactic Hunter's instructional videos on YouTube, as well as following their step-by-step guides for image processing. I have a growing collection of frame-worthy images and I thank Galactic Hunter for it!”

Maryland, USA

Charles M.

“Great course! Great content, taught by knowledgeable teachers :) ”

Washington, USA

Harish K.

“I have learned a lot from this course which includes the planning, set-up of equipment, and processing the final image. The material in the course is easy to follow. And the feedback from Antoine has helped my astrophotography journey.”

Arizona, USA

Wanda T.

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Zak Jones

5 star rating

“I have autism and found this course VERY helpful and educational! I found some videos on the internet about astrophotography are sometimes too hard for my auditory processing to fully understand, but this course is so beginner friendly, it is o...”

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“I have autism and found this course VERY helpful and educational! I found some videos on the internet about astrophotography are sometimes too hard for my auditory processing to fully understand, but this course is so beginner friendly, it is one of my go-to resources! I rely heavily on visual learning and the videos have helped me improve my post-processing and camera settings a LOT. For example, I am now shooting my pictures in the correct exposure on the histogram, and so far it has worked out far better than I expected and the post-processing videos are very simple and easy to follow-along. One of the course's best aspects is the layout. You can read and watch anything you want, when you want in no order. Other resources are set in a way where you have to watch them in a particular order, and I love the flexibility that this course has. Antione and Dalia definitely know what they are doing. I highly commend and thank both of them for creating this course. Their knowledge is invaluable and I cannot wait to see what the other seasons have in store! Zak Jones - NSW, Australia”

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Jeff Halter

5 star rating

“It has been quite a learning curve for me because it really is hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I started in 1982 and set my scope aside in 2001. I started again in 2020 and things have really changed. This was just the thing I needed to get bac...”

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“It has been quite a learning curve for me because it really is hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I started in 1982 and set my scope aside in 2001. I started again in 2020 and things have really changed. This was just the thing I needed to get back on track.”

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Stephen TAYLOR

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“The advanced processing piece is loaded with great Milky way processing tips that actually simplify things.”

“The advanced processing piece is loaded with great Milky way processing tips that actually simplify things.”

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Jimmy Ragsdale

5 star rating

“Don't know how to start, stuck in the middle, been doing this for along time and want some new ideas! This is the spot to be. ”

“Don't know how to start, stuck in the middle, been doing this for along time and want some new ideas! This is the spot to be. ”

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Steve Young

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“Lots of top tips, useful advice and good content. I’m enjoying being part of it and it has definitely improved my understanding, skill level and results for astrophotography. Worth doing.”

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Kathy Caballero

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“Very informative, and summarized nicely.”

“Very informative, and summarized nicely.”

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