Attendee: $230 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.


  • 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
Subway sandwich



Time Description
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.

Tour start times


Cloudy Scenario

If the night the workshop turns out to be cloudy we will continue inside with:

  • Discussion on specific scenarios such as star trails, wide-field Milky Way, tracked vs non-tracked exposures, photographing meteor showers, etc
  • Additional software processing demonstration
  • A tour of the Perth Observatory telescopes
Rain CTA

Cloudy Scenario

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
Taking a photo

What To Bring

Book Now

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.

Please provide info on the make and model of your camera at the time of booking in the notes field in the checkout section.

Step 1: Choose the number of people that are coming