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Join photographers Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco for an incredible dark sky photography workshop and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.

Join us as we explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and its stunning location in the Canadian Rockies. We will spend the workshop photographing some of the best dark-sky locations in Jasper National Park and we’ll wrap up just in time for the Dark Sky Festival signature weekend hosted by Tourism Jasper. Jasper is the world’s second largest Dark Sky Preserve and home to some of the best stargazing you will ever encounter. The stunning scenery and easy-to-access locations make it the ideal location to hone your skills – whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned night-sky photographer.

During the workshop, we’ll work together to create some truly spectacular images, while covering in-depth tutorials for photographing star trails, capturing the Milky Way or northern lights and post-processing techniques. The instructors, Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco, have combined experience leading workshops across North and South America, Europe and Africa! This will be our second workshop in Alberta and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have it line up with one of my favorite events of the year.

Jeff spent five years living in Jasper and there aren’t many people with better knowledge of its many landscapes. This will be Jack’s 7th consecutive year attending the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, so being out under the stars in Jasper feels like being at a second home. Their work from Jasper has been featured by National Geographic, NASA, the LA Times, and many other outlets.
The workshop ends on Thursday, October 24, but the Jasper Dark Sky Festival continues all weekend. We highly recommend our participants stick around, as there isn’t a better event for night sky enthusiasts. If you are staying in Jasper for a few extra days, plan to attend the Night Under the Stars at Lake Annette and book tickets for both the Keynote presentation and SpaceTalks.

A Workshop For All Levels
Our Canadian Rockies Dark Sky Photography Workshop is designed to maximize one-on-one learning, so we are including only ten participants along with two instructors. The excellent 5:1 ratio allow us plenty of flexibility, so we can tailor learning objectives and instructions to each photographer’s unique needs. We’re also adamant that it’s important to not just learn how to capture more compelling images but also how to edit them, so we’ll spend afternoon sessions covering beginner to advanced post-processing practices. Typically, we say our workshops are for everyone; however, this workshop has a few exceptions because we’re focusing strictly on the dark sky. Participants need to come prepared with requisite equipment. We hope everyone will come prepared to capture the night sky, meaning they’ll have at least one fast aperture lens, a sturdy tripod, a cable release, and be ready to stay out late! We do have several planned sessions, but our curriculum is never set in stone. Our experience allows us to quickly adapt to our clients needs. If there are specific photography skills you want to learn or improve, we are there to help.
If you’re unsure of your gear or need advice on what bring/rent, please feel free to reach out! I’m more than happy to help you select what you will need.

What’s included:
Welcome Session on October 20, 2019
4 nights shooting throughout Jasper National Park in a small group.
1 on 1 photography instruction opportunities
Farewell session and image presentation on October 24, 2019
Complimentary transportation during daily photography sessions
What’s not included:
Travel to and from Jasper
Accommodation in Jasper*
Meals while in Jasper

*Although our workshop does not include accommodation, we will be based out of The Crimson hotel in Jasper. We will host daily post-processing sessions at the hotel and use it as a meeting point for our nightly photography excursions. We also have a group rate available, so it’s the easiest place to stay during the workshop; however, participants are free to make other arrangements provided they’re able to provide their own transportation to and from The Crimson.

Contact person: Jeff Bartlett | 780-931-2962 | Jeff@Jeffbartlettmedia.com | www.jeffbartlettmedia.com

Our first completely NEW planetarium experience in 4 years…In an age of space tourism,  BLAST OFF from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve for: * an ‘orbital cruise’ around the Earth * ski craters on the Moon * fly through a comet tail * race through a giant canyon on Mars * dive under a moon of Jupiter * sail the seas of a satellite of Saturn and more!

NOTE: This is experience takes place in our planetarium dome theatre ONLY (Telescope Experience not included)  children under 4 years are not permitted

 

Enjoy the newly revamped and updated version of our signature dark sky planetarium experience in our 50-seat dome theatre, THEN come outside for our outdoor telescope experience with local astronomy guides and the largest telescope in the Rockies.

NOTE: This experience includes both planetarium AND telescopes. This is an outdoor ‘infotainment’ experience that happens rain-or-shine. If our night is clouded over, participants are permitted a rain-check to come back another nigh at no-additional-charge.

 

Choose our “Ultimate Dark Sky Tour” option any day during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival for the most complete tour we offer: Start in our domed theatre and afterwards take-in our telescope experience. THEN hop in your vehicle to follow one of our local astronomy guides to our specially-selected dark-sky site for a laser-guided binocular tour of constellations, the Milky Way and maybe even a shooting star from the unspoiled Rocky Mountain wilderness.

NOTE: We do not provide transportation to the planetarium or from the planetarium to our dark sky site.

Solar-Gazing & Planetarium

See local constellations and auroras 40-seat domed theatre, then, look at safety-filtered views of solar flares and other details on the Sun with one of our knowledgeable astronomy experts.

Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, meet in the Main Lodge

$39/adult, $19/youth (ages 4-17)

 

Ever wish you could “drive” a spaceship? What about traveling through time? We get so many requests to let you – the audience member – control the planetarium, we’ve decided to turn the universe over to you! On select days during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, join us in our domed theatre for a 35-45-minute session where you tell us what planet, space station, moon, comet, star or other cosmic destination (or dimension) you’d like to go to and we’ll take you there! (Don’t have any ideas? Don’t worry, we’ve got some back-pocket ideas to start off with.) You may even get a chance to take the controls of the planetarium (er, ‘universe’) yourself!

NOTE: This is a planetarium ONLY activity and does not include telescopes. This activity is different from our other planetarium offerings later in the evening.

 

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station, where you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

 

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions, and TELUS World of Science – Edmonton is proud to present a science exposition so out of this world we’ve had to rename the Jasper Junior/Senior High School where this event takes place to the Jasper Space Station!

Gaze at a giant inflatable Moon and find the locations of the Apollo Moon landing sites. Drive a remote-controlled Moonbot over a Moonscape and perform tasks for your mission. Try your hand at the lunar excursion model on the Moon just like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to do back in 1969! See various science demonstrations on topics such as electricity and magnetism, cryogenics, lasers, and other wonders. See the large Van De Graaff generator put some spark into your life! Make soda pop using a special ingredient and much more! Step into the science centre’s new portable digital dome planetarium and see exciting shows on the night sky and on the history of human space flight! There’s something for scientists of every age to experience at the Jasper Space Station.

NO CHARGE | Jasper Junior/Senior High School

9AM – 1PM |  Telus World of Science – Edmonton Inflatable Planetarium

Step into the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s new portable digital dome planetarium and see exciting shows on the night sky and on the history of human space flight!

Saturday’s Schedule:
9:30 a.m. Legends of the Northern Sky
10:00 a.m. Dawn of the Space Age
10:45 a.m. Legends of the Northern Sky
11:15 a.m. Dawn of the Space Age
12:00 p.m. Legends of the Northern Sky
12:30 p.m. Legends of the Northern Sky

All shows are approximately 25 minutes in length.  Schedule subject to change.

 

9AM – 1PM | Displays and Hands-On Activities:

Large Inflatable Moon
See a large inflatable Moon showing the location of the various Apollo Moon landing sites.

Science Demonstrations
See various science demonstrations throughout the day which includes topics on electricity and magnetism, cryogenics, lasers, and other wonders. See the large Van De Graaff generator put some spark into your life!!  Make soda pop using a special ingredient and much more!

Science Tots Program
Activities geared toward the younger children including dressing up as an astronaut, dot matching, constellation creation, paper circuits and a few other child-friendly activities.

Meet R.O.G.E.R. the Robot
Say “hi” to R.O.G.E.R. the Robot as he roams the exposition.

LEGO® Moonbot
Drive a LEGO® remote controlled vehicle over a simulated Moonscape to perform various tasks.

Lunar Lander Video Game
Try your hand at landing the lunar excursion model on the Moon just like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to do back in 1969!

Brain Teasers
Try your hand (and brain) on some table top Brain Teasers!

Catapults Away!
Can you hit the target!  Try your hand at operating our catapults to hit a variety of targets.

Gravity Well Activity
Try your hand at seeing how matter warps space and how objects react to that warped space.

More Activities

Weather Station Booth – Josh Classen

A lot more goes into forecasting the weather than many people realize and now, at the Big Bang Expo, kids can try being weather forecasters with CTV Edmonton’s chief meteorologist! With the help of special computer programs and a big screen TV, Josh will help participants build their own customizable weather graphics and present a weather forecast.

DiscoverE

DiscoverE serves youth, our future leaders, by inspiring and engaging them through fun, meaningful, and accessible science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Join DiscoverE and try your hand at the following activities:

  • Lunar Landing Challenge: participants will engineer a lunar lander equipped with shock-absorbing landing gear that can keep two marshmallow astronauts safe during landing.
  • Astronaut Glove Box: participants will manipulate objects in a glove box with a separate atmosphere.
  • Straw Rockets: participants will learn about the engineering design process as they create a rocket that can be launched from a soda straw.

Location: Jasper Junior/Senior High School

Edmonton Rocketry Club

The Edmonton Rocketry Club (ERC) is dedicated to the promotion of model rocketry as a hobby. We are a group of individuals interested in building and safely flying rockets of all sizes and power classes, as well as providing guidance & experience to those wanting to enter the world of high-powered rocketry. The President, Michael Latta, and the Director of High Power Rocketry, Ken Mueller, will both be present from 9:00am-12:00pm to display some mid and high powered rockets and to answer any questions. Both of these members hold their level three certificates from the Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR) which allows them to fly rockets up to 5,120 Newton Seconds of impulse, typically up to an “L” level motor. Both have kids that they have spend numerous hours building and flying rockets with as well as helping out at various school, Scout, community and Telus World of Science (TWOSE) events. In the afternoon, weather permitting, they will be joining with the TWOSE team to launch fly some rockets at Centennial Field!. During the ESTES build and launch session, they will launch a series of mid powered rockets on a variety of motors.

Location: Jasper Junior/Senior High School

Warrior Women

Embark with local Cree artist Mackenzie Brown and Matricia Bauer as they guide you through an exciting art project depicting the dark skies, specifically “CIPAYUK” the Northern Lights. Explore color, Cree constellation stories and the fun art! Matricia is local knowledge keeper and Mackenzie is an avid acrylic artist and traditional First Nations crafts artisan. Her art has been featured in the Pump House Gallery, the Edson Gallery Museum, the Gray Gallery Grant MacEwan, recognized for the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Award of 2017, featured for the Alberta Business Competition 2017 and sold to people travelling world wide at Jasper Park Lodge.

Location: Jasper Junior/Senior High School

 

9AM – 12:30PM | Telus World of Science – Edmonton Outdoor Activities

Pop Bottle Water Rocket Launches (free)
Build your own pop bottle rocket and launch it on our special launchers. Try to get your bottle rocket to land closest to the target and other challenges.

Location: In the School Field

11AM – 12:30PM – Fly Me to the Moon Rocket Launch Demonstrations – Model rocket launches will take place on Centennial Field by the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and the Edmonton Rocketry Club. Watch as mid-powered model rockets built by members of TELUS World of Science and Edmonton Rocketry Club take to the skies in this exciting event.

Location: Centennial Field

At 12:00pm come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing as we launch a 1/70th scale Saturn V rocket into the skies over Jasper.

Location: Centennial Field

11AM – 1PM – Build and Fly Your Own ESTES Rocket
Build your own ESTES Spirit or Nova Rocket (almost ready to fly rocket) and launch it (all supplies included for one launch) for $30.00 per kit. Rockets supplies are limited so get one while they last. Rockets available at launch site for purchase.

Location: Jasper Junior/Senior High School

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