Schedule

The Aurora Summit offers a weekend packed with activities related to the Northern Lights, Astrophotography and the Night Sky.

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Meet our speakers and presenters for the Aurora Summit on the Event page!

Aurora Summit 21: Conference Schedule

Aurora Summit 21, the fourth annual conference, will be held in person on the weekend of Nov. 5-7, 2021, at Harbor View Event Center in Washburn, Wisconsin.

The Aurora Summit will feature a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, educational sessions, hands-on astrophotography demonstrations, a banquet with an Aurora Slideshow, and many opportunities for night sky photography. We also have some special features planned!

In 2021, we’re proud to present Keynote Speaker Marybeth Kiczenski, an adventurer and professional photographer who writes for Milky Way Photographers and was featured in Sky & Telescope for her work with “urban deepscaping” to capture the Comet NEOWISE over the Mackinac Bridge.

More details will be posted as they become available.

Check out our Events page to learn about the presenters!

Tentative Conference Schedule

Below is the tentative conference schedule for Aurora Summit 21. Any updates to the schedule will be posted here.

Times and activities may be subject to change.

THANK YOU for your patience as we work to finalize the schedule.

AURORA SUMMIT 21
Friday, Nov. 5 — Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021
Washburn, Wisconsin
All activities take place at the Harbor View Event Center, located on Lake Superior’s shore in Washburn, Wisconsin. The host hotel is the Washburn Inn, with a Quality Inn located nearby. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
2:00 – 5:00pm: Registration, Harbor View Event Center
4:00pm: Cash Bar Opens
5:00pm: Aurora Chasers Atlas! Meet Travel Companions
7:00pm: Welcome, Dinner Buffet (Included)
8:00pm: Aurora Chasing Panel with Q&A
9:30pm: How to Focus in the Dark, Washburn Inn Lawn

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
8:00am Continental Breakfast (Included)
9:00 – 9:45am: Session I
Aurora Forecasting with a UMAC Admin (B), with Jess Kowalke
Camera Settings at Night (B), with Heidi Pinkerton
Creating a Photographic Presence in a Digital World (I), with Christy Turner

10:00 – 10:45am: Session II
A Detailed Update on Solar Cycle 25: Where We’re At, Where We Might Go (A), with Christian Harris
Pointers for Post Processing Photos (I), with Christy Turner
Astrotourism: Traveling to See the Light (B), with Dixie Burbank

11:00 – 11:45: Session III
• Nights of Red and Green — An In-depth Look at What Causes the Aurora (B),
with Bob King
From Galaxies to Starry Nights I: Acquiring Images with Star Trackers (A), with Marybeth Kiczenski

Noon – 1:30pm: Lunch (Included)

2:00 – 2:45pm: Session IV

Protecting Our Night Skies: Light Pollution and Prevention (B), with Jeremy Evans
Behind the Scenes with the Upper Midwest Aurora Chasers (I), with Jess Kowalke
Australis to Borealis: Aurora Legend & Myth around the World (B), with Melissa Kaelin

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Session V
Astronomy & Astrophotography in our National Parks and Public Lands of the West (I), with Jeremy Evans
From Galaxies to Starry Nights II: Putting Together What You Captured on Camera (A), with Marybeth Kiczenski
Nocturnal Sightings: Are UFOs for Real? (B), with Bob King

4:00 – 4:45 pm: Session VI
Illuminating the Dark: From Astrophotography to Light Painting (I), with Jamie Seidel
• Composition: Advanced Techniques to Take Your Night Sky Images to the Next Level (A), with Heidi Pinkerton
A Fool Proof Formula: How to Catch Your First Aurora Display (B), with Melissa Kaelin

4:00pm: Cash Bar Opens
5:00pm: Group Photo on Washburn Inn Lawn

6:00-9:00pm: Banquet (Included)
• Aurora Summit Slideshow
7:00 – 8:30pm: Keynote Speaker Marybeth Kiczenski
9:30pm – 2:00am: Night Demonstrations & Photography Clinics, including How to Focus in the Dark, with Mike Shaw, Washburn Inn Lawn
Dusk to Dawn:
Aurora Chasing outside the Washburn Inn
10:00 – 11:00pm: Light Painting Party
• Interactive! Bring your own light toys, light strips, flashlights, and costumes to get in on the fun!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7
8am – 9am: Continental Breakfast (Included)
9:30am:
Aurora Jeopardy! Wrap-up, Giveaways & Raffle Prizes
11:00-11:30am: Check-out, Farewell

Opportunities After Hours

At the Aurora Summit, there’s time to enjoy other activities on your own, before and after each conference day. Located on the hotel property, Lake Superior’s shore provides an excellent view for photographing the Northern Lights.

Opportunities after hours include:
• Sunrise & Sunset Photography over Lake Superior
• Gather for a Bonfire on Lake Superior‘s Shore
• Aurora Chasing
• Night Photography
• Light Painting

Get event updates on Facebook or Twitter! We also encourage you to post with the hashtag: #AuroraSummit21

Do you have more questions? Get answers with the FAQ.

Aurora Summit 20: Conference Schedule

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the 2020 conference was postponed.

Aurora Summit 19: Conference Schedule

Aurora Summit 19, the third annual conference, will feature a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, educational sessions, hands-on astrophotography demonstrations, a banquet with an Aurora Slideshow, and many opportunities for night sky photography. We also have some special features planned!

In 2019, we’re proud to present Keynote Speaker Chris Ratzlaff, admin of the Alberta Aurora Chasers and one of the citizen scientists who discovered the sub auroral arc, known as STEVE.

Check out our Events page to learn about the presenters!

Conference Schedule

Below is the conference schedule for Aurora Summit 19. Any updates to the schedule will be posted here.

Times and activities may be subject to change.

AURORA SUMMIT 19
Friday, Nov. 1 — Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
Washburn, Wisconsin
All activities take place at the Harbor View Event Center, located on Lake Superior’s shore in Washburn, Wisconsin. The host hotel is the Washburn Inn, with a Quality Inn located nearby. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
2:00 – 5:00pm: Registration, Harbor View Event Center
5:00pm: Meet and Greet, Cash Bar Open
6:00pm: Aurora Chasers Atlas! Meet Travel Companions
7:00pm: Welcome, Dinner Buffet (Included)
7:30pm: Aurora Chasing Panel with Q&A
9:30pm: How to Focus in the Dark, Washburn Inn Lawn

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
7:00 – 8:00am Continental Breakfast (Included)
8:00 – 8:55am: Session I
• Aurora Forecasting for Beginners, with Bob King (B)
• Essentials for Aurora Photography, with Christy Turner (B)
• Shooting the Milky Way, with Mark Ellis (I)
9:10 – 10:05am: Session II
• Discovering STEVE, with Chris Ratzlaff (B)
• Astrophotography with Equatorial Trackers, with Paul Nelson (I)
• Deep Freeze Photography: Tips for Subzero Shooting, with Amber Nichols (B)
10:20 – 11:15am: Session III
• Know Your Sky, Know What to Shoot, with Bob King (B)
• Night Sky Composites and Blends: A How-to Guide, with Mike Shaw (A)
• Smartphone Astrophotography, with Christian Harris (B)
12:00 – 1:30pm: Soup & Sandwich Lunch (Included)
1:35 – 2:30pm: Session IV
• Mysteries of Solar Wind Data Revealed, with Christian Harris (A)
• Intro to Time Lapse Capture & Editing, with Mark Ellis (I)
• Urban Legends of Space: Astro Science v. Pseudoscience, with Bob King (B)
2:00pm: Cash Bar Opens
2:45 – 3:40pm: Session V
• Secrets of the Goddess of the Dawn: Aurora Myth & Legend, with Melissa Kaelin (B)
• Deep Sky Photography, with Matthew Moses (A)
• The Light Painting Toolbox, with Roger Feldhans (B)
3:55 – 4:50pm: Session VI
• NASA’s Spectra Lens and the Sub Auroral Arc, with Christy Turner (I)
Post Processing Night Sky Photos, with Matthew Moses (I)
• Phenomenal Light Painting, with Jamie Rabold (I)
4:50 – 5:00pm: Group Photo on Washburn Inn Lawn

6:00-9:00pm: Banquet (Included)
• Aurora Summit Slideshow
7:30 – 9:00pm Keynote Speaker Chris Ratzlaff
9:30-11pm: Hands-on Night Demonstrations
9:30pm: How to Focus in the Dark, Washburn Inn Lawn
• Outdoor demonstration led by Mike Shaw and others.
10:00 – 11:00pm Light Painting Party, Thompson’s West End Park
• Outdoor demonstration led by Light Painters Roger Feldhans, Jamie Rabold and others.
Interactive! Bring your own light toys, light strips and costumes to get in on the fun!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
8:00 – 9:30am Continental Breakfast
Sunday Special Programs
9:30am Aurora Chasing Travelogue
• Presentation led by Dixie J. Burbank and others.
10:30 – 11:00am Break for check-out, Book Signing
11:00am – 12:30pm Grand Finale
Aurora Trivia
Photo Review
Raffle Prizes, including two grand prizes

• LRTimelapse 5 Pro Software License & 2-hour session with Mike Shaw Photography
12:30pm Farewell, Lunch on your own

Opportunities After Hours

At the Aurora Summit, there’s time to enjoy other activities on your own, before and after each conference day. Located on the hotel property, Lake Superior’s shore provides an excellent view for photographing the Northern Lights.

Opportunities after hours include:
• Sunrise & Sunset Photography over Lake Superior
• Beach Bonfire on Lake Superior‘s Shore
• Aurora Chasing
• Night Photography
• Light Painting

Get event updates on Facebook or Twitter! We also encourage you to post with the hashtag: #AuroraSummit19

Do you have more questions? Get answers with the FAQ.

During the Off-Season

To find out what topics will be offered at the upcoming conference, check back for updates on this page or get conference news on Facebook or Twitter.

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