Price: $75 per person
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: 13th of September
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open at: 6:30 pm)

Winter is planet season and this year both Jupiter and Saturn are putting on a fantastic show! Let’s make the most of this and get some great shots for you, using your camera, of the gas giant planets.

We will use the telescopes of the Perth Observatory, with camera adaptors supplied, to connect your camera to our telescopes. You will record raw footage of the planets and take that away with you to process and show your friends & family. There will be Four telescopes that the 12 people will be rotated between, allowing plenty of time to capture your images, share techniques with participants, try out your camera on different telescopes, and more.

In August I ran the first of these workshops and learned a lot from that experience. As a result we have in this second workshop decreased the capacity to 12 people, that is only three people per telescope, and promises to be a comfortable number for the evening.

Participants will need to have a good working knowledge of their camera for this workshop. That is, you should know how to use manual shutter speed, ISO, aperture. You should be able to navigate around your camera’s menu system and buttons to find settings such as Live View, zoom in/out on playback images and the Live View, and be able to use Photo and Video modes. A tip: Sit yourself in a dark room with your camera, with no torch, and get used to the button placement, menu options, to find your away around your camera in the dark. As for exactly what settings to use, we teach you that – you just need to be able to find those settings on your camera.

Before heading to the telescopes we will have a 30-45 minute theory session where Roger Groom will take you through the process of photographing the planets. We will talk about the equipment and software, and touch briefly on the image processing that you might do following the night.

At the time of booking please provide details of your camera brand and model so that we can appropriately cater for all guests. You are encouraged to bring your own camera T-ring adaptor if you have one, and also Barlow lenses if you have those (using the equipment you have helps become more familiar with your own equipment). Please provide information at the time of booking in the notes field in the checkout section.

Camera brands and models that we cater to:

  • Canon EF mount
  • Canon R mount
  • Nikon (including Nikon Z)
  • Pentax K mount
  • M42 thread mount
  • Fuji X mount
  • Sony A mount
  • Sony E mount
  • Micro 4/3 (Olympus, Panasonic Lumix)
  • We also have a mobile phone mount, to hold your mobile phone at the eyepiece and record using your mobile phone.

If the evening is is too cloudy to photograph the planets the facilitator will make a call as to whether the workshop is replaced with image processing tutorial indoors instead. Photographing the gas giants is possible with moderate levels of cloud and so we will proceed with the workshop if at all possible.

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 1990s 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.

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