Due to the few spare beds in the mountain hut, in case of a cancellation, the accommodation fees (36€) are not returned.
You can load your equipment to horses that will go to the shelter. If interested, contact us about the cost.
A week after our Verliga workshop, we ride Mt. Tymfi to capture the night sky from the Dragonlake creating a complete astrophotography experience. Apart from travelling to Tymfi, any participant can choose our post-processing webinar, which along with Tomas Slovinsky we'll help take your results to a whole new level.
Dragonlake of Tymfi (2050m) is a favourite landscape for nature lovers and photographers. Its eerie combination with the night sky gives us opportunities for unique frames.
In our three-day photographic journey, we will enjoy the stars, learn to photograph the night sky, spot our photo targets and get acquainted with advanced techniques.
We will meet in the large parking lot of the village of Mikro Papigo at 12 where we will meet and talk about the program that will follow. At 12:30 pm we will start the hike with our guide to the Astrakas hut. It will take about 4 hours to reach the hut. During the route, we will meet many kiosks where we can replenish our water and take our breaks.
Once we reach the hut and get comfortable in our beds, we will eat to replenish our strength. At this point, we must mention that the shelter has breakfast, cooked, coffee, water etc. After getting some rest, we will meet at 7.00 pm when we will talk about the theoretical part of astrophotography and the necessary techniques and settings that we need to know.
As soon as it gets dark we will put on our warm clothes and prepare our equipment. At this point, we should state that the headlamp is necessary (bonus if it has a red light so as not to spoil the eye adjustment in the dark. We will stroll around the shelter and photograph the galaxy above the peaks of Tymfi and the imposing peak of Gamila.
For anyone interested, we will do an introductory lesson on the use of the star tracker and photographing targets with a focal length of over 100mm. In this way, we isolate points in the sky and highlight more details in star clusters and nebulae. Throughout the night we will be close to each participant to make sure that you have assimilated all the necessary knowledge and secrets so that you can continue to take wonderful astrophotographs in the future.
After breakfast, we will have free time to relax and enjoy the mountain with a coffee or tea. We will have the opportunity to discuss questions about what we practised last night. In the afternoon after taking our packed lunch (it is good that you have your own container), we will head to Dragonlake which is 1.5 hours away from the hut.
When we arrive, we will photograph the sunset and prepare for the night. The goal is to practice advanced photo techniques, such as focus stacking, polar aligning, panoramas, etc. Once we have completed our shooting and we all have the data we want, we will return with the mountain guide to the hut and rest.
The goal is to start the descent at 10:30 am and it will take about 2.5 - 3 hours to reach Mikro Papigo. That's where our trip will end, planning a rendevous for the next one!
The village of Mikro Papigo is located about 470 km from Athens.
You have to drive by yourself to the village of Pappigo.
The Astrakas hut has food, water and everything you need. It is good to have some snacks with you when we are hiking.
The ticket price only includes accommodation at the hut. The shelter has beds but you will need to bring a sleeping bag to cover yourself.
We take the responsibility to fully comply with all health requirements regarding the protection of the population and the prevention of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. There may be modifications of dates or schedules, about which we will inform you in time.
Astrophotographer, Photo tour guide
Constantine is a self-taught photographer based in Greece. He studied Computer Engineering back in 2010 and got his BSc in 2015 and an MSc in 2018. His astro journey started back in 2013. Inspired by Carl Sagan and science fiction movies, he bought my first DSLR and started experimenting with astrophotography and amateur astronomy.
The big change came in 2018 when the Canon department in Greece approached him. Since then, he works closely with Canon, delivering content and testing new equipment. In 2020, he started working with F-stop gear, a company that creates top-class outdoor camera bags and joined their Pathfinder Ambassador program. His main passion is to travel the world, capture the starscapes and run workshops to educate people about astrophotography.
Featured in: Milky Way Photographer Of The Year 2021, The World at Night, Photopills
For more information about the trip, contact Constantine Themelis email@example.com/+306984258076.