Location: Perth Observatory
Date: 14th of March
Time: 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Doors open at: 12:30 pm)
This fantastic full day of astrophotography gives you a small group experience learning all the basics of astrophotography, both wide-field and with a telescope.
We start the afternoon in the Perth Observatory theatre where we’ll have various sessions covering topics including:
- Common concepts of polar alignment, stacking, image calibration
- Introduction to astronomy and the night sky, what to photograph when and what suits your equipment.
- Widefield photography – camera settings, framing, focusing, specific scenarios including wide-field nightscapes, star trails, meteor showers and aurora.
- Telescope photography – introduction to types of telescopes, mounts and associated considerations for astrophotography. See all the equipment there in person – optical tube, mount, electronic focusers, guide cameras, filters, dedicated astronomy cameras, etc.
- Introduction to image processing
From the afternoon session, we break to have dinner (subway catered) before moving to the hilltop for a night of astrophotography. You will get to:
- Use your camera on your tripod for wide-field nightscapes around the scenic grounds of the Perth Observatory.
- Use your camera and lens on my Astro Photography Australia portable tracking mounts including the iOptron SkyTracker, Vixen Polarie, Astro Trac and Skywatcher Star Adventurer
- Put your camera on a telescope and take photographs through the telescope of at least one deep sky object. (this is available for the camera brand and lens mounts: Canon EF, Canon R, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Micro 4/3, Sony Alpha (e-mount), Pentak X, Fuji X).
- 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: Subway catering provided, please advise of dietary requirements when booking
- Soft drinks and ice creams available for purchase on-site
All of the above will be done with the assistance of workshop facilitator Roger Groom and Perth Observatory Volunteer Group volunteers.
If the night the workshop turns out to be cloudy we will continue inside with:
- Two hours of specific image processing workshop presented
- A tour of the Perth Observatory telescopes
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 with red light and/or dim white light mode
- 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.