Location: Perth Observatory
Date: Sat, 10th Mar 2018
Time: 12:30pm to 10pm (Gates open at: 12pm)
Get started with astrophotography using your camera and a telescope. Learn what your equipment is capable
of and how to make the most of what you have to get a start on astrophotography, as well as what equipment
you may wish to consider in the future. The small group (max 12 participants) setting enables you to get
maximum benefit from this workshop. This is an introductory course to help steer your astrophotography future in the right direction.
This is an introductory course to help steer your astrophotography future in the right direction. Compared to
other courses this course focuses more on astrophotography through a telescope. You get hands-on
experience using your camera on-site at the observatory, and on a telescope at the observatory.
In case of cloud on Saturday 10th March, the night practical will be replaced with a telescope tour and
software demonstration including image processing.
- Presented by local astrophotographer and Perth Observatory volunteer Roger Groom of Astro
Photography Australia with assistance from volunteers of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group
- Tea, coffee, snacks provided
- Dinner provided – Local gourmet pizza (Embers in Gooseberry Hill, delivered to the observatory)
- Soft drinks and ice creams available for purchase on-site
- Introduction to the types of astrophotography (presentation)
- Introduction to the night sky for the purposes of astrophotography (presentation)
- Astrophotography using your camera and tripod (presentation & demo)
- Wide field on a tripod with your camera and lens
- Wide field on a tracking mount with your camera and lens
- Astrophotography using a telescope (presentation & demo)
- Through a telescope of the Moon, Sun and Planets
- Through a telescope of a deep space object (nebula, cluster or galaxy)
- Practical components (see below)
|12:30pm – 1pm:||Welcome, general info, introduction to astrophotography|
|1:00pm – 2:00pm:||About astrophotography, the night sky and what to photograph|
|2:00pm – 2:10pm:||Break|
|2:10pm – 4:00pm:||Astrophotography – wide field|
|4:00pm – 4:10pm:||Break|
|4:10pm – 4:45pm:||Telescopes & Cameras for astrophotography|
|4:45pm – 6pm:||Astrophotography using a telescope|
|6pm – 7pm:||Dinner/break|
|7pm – 10pm:||Astrophotography|
The observatory together with Astro Photography Australia will have available several camera tracking mounts and telescopes for participants to share and trial the various astrophotography techniques. Equipment will be shared between participants. Each participant will have a turn at:
- Using your camera and your own tripod around the observatory grounds
- Using your camera on a tracking mount for better wide field astrophotography results
- Using your camera on a telescope to trial planetary or deep space astrophotography
All of the above will be done with the assistance of workshop facilitator Roger Groom and Perth Observatory Volunteer Group volunteers.
If the night of 25th March turns out to be cloudy a software processing demonstration and a telescope tour will be held instead, continuing the night until the planned end time.
The software processing will include:
- More detailed demonstration of planetarium/planning software
- Getting started with Deep Sky Stacker
- Getting started with PixInsight
- Working with DSLR RAW files and stacking
- Working with Astronomy CCD .FIT files
- Introduction to post-processing in PhotoShop.
What To Bring
- A camera (preferably a DSLR or similarly capable mirrorless camera) that you are familiar with and
comfortable with its operation.
- Associated photographic equipment such as a tripod and cable release/intervalometer.
- A head torch or torch.
- Warm clothing and sturdy footwear
About The Presenter – Roger Groom
This course will be presented by Roger Groom, an experienced photographer, amateur astronomer and active
participant in the astronomy community in Perth, Western Australia. Roger started astronomy with his first
telescope in the 1990’s and since then has expanded to a broad range of astronomy activities mostly focused
around photography. Roger hosts Star Viewing Nights at the Perth Observatory, is the immediate past
chairperson of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group and gives astrophotography workshops and
presentations at various club and organization events in Perth.