Intermediate Astrophotography

February 16, 2021 - February 23, 2021

This class is taught online only. RMSP uses Zoom for online education. We limit enrollment in online courses to ensure there is time for students to ask questions. Time will not be spent learning Zoom in class so we recommend familiarizing yourself with the platform prior to starting class. Click here to download the Zoom app on your computer. A Meeting ID number and password will be emailed to all registered students before the first class session. If you have not received login instructions 24 hours before the first class session, please email

Class sessions are live and are not recorded for later viewing. Please click "Schedule" for specific dates and times.

In this class we take over where my class, Basic Astrophotography, left off and we take a deeper dive into some of the more complex concepts in astrophotography. If you’ve been doing astrophotography for a while and are looking for ways to take your images to the next level, this is the class for you. This class will focus on equipment and software.

We will cover the following topics:
  • H-alpha camera conversion
  • Dedicated CCD and CMOS cameras
  • Mono vs. color cameras
  • Cooled vs. uncooled cameras
  • Choosing a camera and scope – oversampling
  • Go-To mounts
  • Filters – light pollution and narrowband
  • Powering your gear
  • Guiding with PHD2
  • Planning a shoot with Stellarium
  • Imaging with Sequence Generator Pro
  • Stacking and editing

NOTE: You must have prior astrophotography experience or have taken a basic astrophotography course to attend this class. We will not be spending time discussing basic topics such as calibration frames, exposure, focus, and stacking.


"Forest does an excellent job explaining and simplifying concepts."

"He showed us how we could do simple things and then for the more techie people he took them there."


This online class will meet on the following dates and at the following times:
  • Tuesday, February 16: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session
  • Tuesday, February 23: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time - Zoom session


Headphones or earbuds are strongly recommended for the purpose of minimizing audio feedback during the online class sessions.

Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Online Course!

Cancellation Policy

For Online Courses, tuition will be refunded in full if you notify RMSP at least two business days (48 hours) before the course begins. If you notify RMSP fewer than two business days prior to the course start date, full tuition is retained by RMSP.

5 spots left


Forest Chaput de Saintonge

Forest Chaput de Saintonge directs Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife, Sarah. He has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, hike, photograph, and be an astrophotographer. Forest has a degree in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Astrophotography

His astrophotography can be found here: FoFoAstro

Forest and Sarah also own an aerial media company: Altitude Media

Perks of Registering

EDU Advantage Program

By registering and completing any course with us, you will automatically be eligible for EDU status with B&H Photo. EDU members can save money on select items sold by B&H.

Creative Cloud Subscription

The software you use in your workflow is almost as crucial as your camera. Register for any RMSP course and you will receive a code to save 15% on a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year.

What Gear Do You Need?

Want a specific lens for a workshop? Need some extra gear for your next shoot? Renting gear from Lens Pro To Go allows you to try before you buy! Upon registering for a course, you will receive a discount code for 10% off your next rental.