Attendee: $120 per person
Location: Rocky Pool (Google Map Link:
Date: 13th of August
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This unique workshop will be on-location at Carnarvon’s Rocky Pool, half an hour out of Carnarvon in the Gascoyne hinterland region.

Are you interested in nightscape photography and want to take it to the next level? Well, let’s help you get there and what a great location to learn, at the Rocky Pool. This workshop is for anyone from beginners to more experienced astrophotographers. We will meet you on location at Rocky Pool so you can take advantage of the winter Milky Way at this fantastic dark location when the gorgeous Milky Way will be high in the night sky.

Car Parking and Access

Rocky Pool is located 55km east of Carnarvon. The road from Carnarvon to the turnoff is sealed except for a couple of kilometres at the junction of North West Coastal Highway. The car park is a bit rough and rocky so some care needs to be taken when you park.

Please Note: There are no facilities so you need to be totally self-provisioned, be sure to take plenty of fresh water with you. Also, note that camping is not allowed at the Rocky Pool site.


In the first hour, Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia (and Perth Observatory volunteer) will take you through the technicalities and how-to information of astrophotography for the session before then starting the night’s practical. During the night practical, you can choose whether you wander by yourself putting into practice what you have learned, or stay with Roger Groom and be taken through the steps of setting up a tracking mount and camera. You can borrow Roger’s ultra-portable tracking mounts during this time to test drive before you buy and to do some longer focal length photography of the Milky Way.

Time Description
5:30 pm Arrive at 5:30 pm start at the Rocky Pool (Google Map)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Welcome, general info, introduction to nightscape photography.
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Taking photos at the Rocky Pool
Tour start times


If Bad Weather

Clouds are our mortal enemy as they can decide to roll in a ruin a night. On the night if it’s completely cloudy and we don’t get any clear skies, we’ll refund 25% of your booking, but we’ll still go ahead with the night as we can still get some awesome photos of the night landscape, light painting, and clouds, and we’ve learnt over the years that clear skies can surprisingly show up at any moment.

If it is forecast to rain in the 3-hour window of the event with a chance greater than 25% or there’s a severe weather warning in place at 2 pm on the day, we’ll cancel the night and fully refund your booking. In this case, we will call and email you to say the night is cancelled and we’ll fully refund your booking.

Rain CTA

Cloudy Scenario

What To Bring

Safety and comfort first – You MUST be well prepared:

  • You must have a head torch that has a white light and dim white or red light, well charged/new batteries.
  • You must have a backpack or bag with at least 1L water, snacks you may require, appropriate clothing layers
  • You must wear sturdy enclosed footwear
  • Bring any food or drinks you may require (no alcohol please)
  • Long pants and shirts are recommended
  • It could be cold, dress appropriately with layers

Camera gear:

  • A camera (preferably a DSLR or similarly capable mirrorless camera) that you are familiar with and
    comfortable with its operation. We strongly recommend that you practice using your camera in a pitch dark room if not already familiar with the nighttime use of your camera’s controls.
  • Camera tripod
  • Cable release, intervalometer or remote trigger for your camera
  • Lenses to suit wide-field shooting (enquire ahead of time if you have questions)
  • Optionally, longer lenses up to 200mm to use on the tracking mounts, ideally fast lenses such as 100mm macro or 200mm f/2.8 or f/4.
  • Camera batteries and appropriate storage cards
Safety First

This workshop is located in an area with water and a landscape that can present trip hazards and other dangers. While we are there to photograph dark skies and minimal light is required for that, participants will be encouraged to use what light they deem necessary to move about in safety. Participants will be encouraged to spread out in the allocated areas and required to stay well clear of cliffs and areas that may present a significant hazard. Participants will need to be tolerant of others moving about the area in a safe manner, something we expect to be achieved in part through our small group size.

Taking a photo

What To Bring

Book Now

To book your spot on the Carnarvon Nightscape Workshop right now, you need to enter the number of people coming in and then click the date in the booking calendar. A green background denotes there is still space on the workshop on that night, the red background denotes the workshop is fully booked and the yellow background denotes today’s date.

Once you’ve done that, click on the Book Now button and that will take you to the checkout section where you can pay for your spot(s).

You’ll get a confirmation email and on the night the host will ask you for the name the booking was under and then mark you off on the booking sheet.

Step 1: Choose the number of people that are coming