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Dark Skies Astrophotography Workshop

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Astro Photography Australia Dark Skies Site

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Youndegin, WA 6409

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Be inspired by awesome dark skies to photograph amazing nightscapes and learn to make the most of your portable tracking mount.

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Be inspired by awesome dark skies to photograph amazing nightscapes and learn to make the most of your portable tracking mount, or borrow a tracking mount to test it out out on-site.

The position of the night sky on this November 6th workshop will be such that the Milky Way will be setting during the evening and Orion will be rising late in the evening. To make the most of this we will:

  • Photograph the setting Milky Way and planets (wide field) during twilight and early evening using participants tripods & cameras.
  • Participants can then continue nightscapes or return to the main field where Roger will assist people in taking tracked exposures (your lenses 24mm - 200mm recommended). This is intended for those who have a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer, Vixen Polarie, iOptron SkyTracker, and similar portable tracking mounts. Some mounts will be availble to borrow if you don't own one.
  • Participants will be welcome to continue nightscapes throughout the night.
  • At the end of the workshop photograph Pleiades and the Constellation of Orion rising in the east suiting both tracked and non-tracked exposures.

Optionally stay overnight and join in an image processing workshop the next morning to review and work on your images.

Inclusions

Awesome wide horizons, dark skies and interesting foreground scenery in a safe, private environment.

Astrophotography Workshop:

  • Workshop facilitated by Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia
  • Workshop presentation and group discussion
  • Enjoy photographing with other participants or on your own, on-site with assistance as you need it from Roger.
  • Ultra-portable astrophotography tracking mounts available for use (1x Vixen Polarie, 1x iOptron SkyTracker, 1x AstroTrac).
  • During the night return to base to look at your results and discuss processing.

Topics covered include:

  • Tripods, mounts, tripod heads
  • Camera settings: ISO, aperture, shutter speed, picture modes/styles, shutter settings, noise settings.
  • Focusing and framing.
  • Lens choice and camera choice (if applicable to participants)
  • Demonstration of tracking mount
  • Setting up and polar alignment techinques for tracking mounts

Location

This workshop takes place in the Shire of Cunderdin, in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

Located at the private property of Roger Groom and his family, the property was purchased and has been purpose designed for astronomy including astrophotography such as nightscapes. The dark skies are unparalleled at this distance from Perth. Roger and his family bring you a relaxed and well equiped environment in which to experience nightscape astrophotography.

Registered participants will receive exact location and directions after booking.

Facilities & Provisions

  • Water, Tea, coffee, milo, hot chocolate and afternoon tea light refreshments provided (BYO dinner)
  • Ablutions available onsite
  • Microwave available for heating your dinner
  • Mains power is available for charging and powering devices such as laptops
  • 4G is available onsite for your internet needs

Timing

Note that time vary between workshop dates based on sunset times.

Evening workshop:

  • 16:00 overnight camping participants arrive to set up from 4pm
  • 16:30 all remaining participants arrive from 4:30pm
  • 17:00 - 18:30 workshop presentation
  • 18:30 - 19:00 time for refreshments, dinner (BYO), sunset and twilight photography
  • 19:00 - 21:30 nightscapes
  • 20:00 - 21:30 tracking mount assistance
  • You are permitted to continue photography onsite as late as you wish following completion of the formal worskhop at 9:30pm providing you maintain minimal disturbance to those accommodating onsite.

Next day optional processing session:

  • 08:30 - 10:30 optional image processing
  • Last departure (for those staying overnight or attending the morning image processing workshop) 12 noon.

Optional Image Processing Session

Following the night of photography there is an optional image processing session in the morning. Anyone who attended the night session is welcome. Prior booking essential.

This session will be customised to those present. The aim is to work through your images from the night prior, learning from each other's images and what image processing we can do on those images. Roger will direct the image processing using software including Photoshop, Lightroom, PixInsight, DeepSkyStacker and Sequator. Participants will need their own software installations/licenses pre-configured for the workshop, or can follow Roger's demonstration.

  • 8:30 - 10:30 (2 hour session)
  • BYO laptop/computer/IT equipment
  • Tables with mains electricity available to power your devices
  • Water, Tea, coffee, milo, hot chocolate, light refreshments provided
  • $100pp

What to Bring

For the evening workshop please bring:

  • Appropriate warm clothing including fully enclosed sturdy footware. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended (to protect against vegetation and bugs)
  • Hat, insect repellent or other such personal items
  • Head torch with white and red light modes, ideally dimmable
  • Chair
  • Food or drinks beyond those provided that you may require
  • Camera gear for nightscape photography (contact if unsure, happy to advise)

For the optional image processing and overnight accommodation see other sections.

Who can attend?

Workshop attendees participating in photography must have at least a basic knowledge of how to operate their camera in manual mode (manual exposure time, ISO, aperture, picture format settings) and must be self-equipped (camera, tripod, etc).

We know that being a remote workshop you may wish to join the workshop and also bring a partner or friend along to enjoy an evening out in the country but not have them participate in the workshop. When booking you must book for these people via the add-on feature.

Seating in the undercover area for the workshop presentation will only be provided for workshop attendees due to space limitations.

Additional people "along for the ride" are charged at $19pp.

Booking of additional people "along for the ride" is essential. A whole of site capacity is set and so it may not be possible to accommodate additional people, checkout will confirm this.

No pets are permitted.


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Accommodation

It is recommended you either accommodate onsite or in a nearby town to ensure participnts are not driving back to Perth late at night when tired. The site is in the Shire of Cunderdin appoximately 110km or 1 hour 30 min drive from Mundaring. Exact location of this private site will be shared with registered participants upon booking.

Onsite

  • Camping (swag, tent, caravan, camper-van) is permitted on-site. Cost $19pp/pn (swag, tent, caravan, camper)
  • Comfortable ablutions (including hot shower) are available onsite
  • Booking is required (see checkout add-ons options)
  • Maximum numbers enforced.

Offsite

  • York is the recommended location for a large variety of accommodation options, at a distance of about 35 minute drive.
  • Quairading is recommended as the closest location at about 20 minute drive. where there is new camp ground facilities including modern onsite cabins.
  • Farmstay and AirBnB options are available in the Central Wheatbelt within the regions of Cunderdin, Quairading and York.

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Weather / Cloudy Scenarios

A decision will be made regarding weather when the 48 hour forcast is available and this decision will be communicated to all registered participants via the email address used in booking.

It is at the descretion of Roger Groom the organiser of this event to decide if the event will proceed or be cancelled due to weather. By booking you accept this.

Guidelines for go/no-go based on weather:

  • If the forcast for cloud is 70% or less cloud cover and no rain is forcast the event will proceed. Some cloud makes for fantastic nightscape photographs and does not detract from the workshop experience.
  • If the forcast for cloud is above 70% cloud cover or rain is forcast with greater than 40% chance for the whole period of the event window the event will be cancelled.
  • If a severe weather warning is issued for the time and place of the event, the event will be cancelled.

If the event is cancelled a refund of the total amount minus EventBrite fees will be provided and we will hope to see you on a subsequent workshop with better conditions.

Please note that weather conditions can vary significantly between the Central Wheatbelt and Perth Metro regions.


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Astro Photography Australia Dark Skies Site

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Youndegin, WA 6409

Australia

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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