We join our forces with Tomas Slovinsky and create a complete astrophotography experience. Apart from travelling to Verliga, any participant can choose our post-processing webinar, which along with Tomas we'll help take your results to a whole new level.
We are in the middle of the galactic core season. Verliga Dragonlake is one of the darkest and most beautiful mountain destinations at 2050m. We'll be able to see the imposing constellations and the "spine" of our galaxy that "splits" the sky in two.
In this overnight workshop, we will be able to enjoy the beauties of the night sky and learn many things about landscape astrophotography, share experiences and get familiar with advanced astrophotography techniques.
We will meet in the village of Haliki at 12.30 where we will talk about the schedule. At 1:00 pm we will board the 4x4 bus which will take us to the plateau of Verliga.
Once we reach the plateau, we will set up our tents, prepare dinner and rest until sunset. There will be a mountain guide for anyone who needs help. After our rest, we will talk about the theoretical part of astrophotography that is necessary for the night to come.
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.
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.
Our goal is to wander in the landscape (as quietly as possible so as not to disturb other visitors), orient ourselves in the starry sky and photograph some of the most imposing targets (galactic core, Ro Ophiuchus, Cygnus region).
After our breakfast and the sunrise photoshoot, we will board the vehicles that will drive us to the village of Haliki. There we will renew our rendesvous for the next trip.
Chaliki village is located 460km from Athens. Be extremely careful and avoid Google maps' suggestions for off-roads.
We only take care of your transportation from Chaliki village to Dragonlake Verliga and back. No transportation is provided by us to reach the village in the first place.
Each participant should bring his/her own food and water. If they want some extra supplies, they can buy them from the village.
We'll camp at the plateau, so you must bring your tent (3 seasons) and a warm sleeping bag. Our mountain guide will provide any further assistance.
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.