Attendee: $180 per person
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: 25th of October
Time: 1 pm to 10 pm (Doors open at: 12:30 pm)
Get started with astrophotography using your camera for widefield astrophotography. 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. You get hands-on experience using your camera on-site at the observatory, using equipment loaned by Astro Photography Australia (Roger Groom), and seeing in person the setup and use of astrophotography equipment.
In the case of cloud on the night, the practical part of the night will be replaced with a telescope tour and software demonstration including image processing.
|1:00 pm – 1:30 pm:||Welcome, general info, introduction to astrophotography. Learn the types of astrophotography and consider how they apply to the equipment you own|
|1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:||About astrophotography, the night sky and what to photograph when. Plan the where to point your camera and at the right time of year, right time of night
Common core astrophotography concepts (including image calibration frames, registering frames, stacking)
|2:30 pm – 2:45 pm:||Break|
|2:45 pm – 3:30 pm:||Equipment for wide-field astrophotography (cameras, lenses, tripods, ultra-portable tracking mounts and additional accessories)|
|3:30 pm – 4:00 pm:||Camera settings|
|4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:||Setting up for astrophotography and taking a shot (including setup of the equipment, settings, how to frame your shot, how to focus, safety)|
|5:00 pm – 6:00 pm:||Software processing introduction (single image processing in manufacturer-provided software, introduction to stacking, demonstration of the benefits of stacking, post-processing concepts)|
|6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:||Dinner/break|
|7:00 pm – 10:00 pm:||Astrophotography practical. You can choose whether you wander the grounds of Perth Observatory 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, taking your first shots. You can borrow Roger’s ultra-portable tracking mounts during this time to test drive before you buy|
All of the above will be done with the assistance of workshop facilitator Roger Groom and Perth Observatory Volunteer Group volunteers.
To book your spot on the Nightscapes 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.