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Nightscape Workshop in the Central Wheatbelt

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Astro Photography Australia Dark Skies Site

Goldfields Road

Youndegin, WA 6409

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Enjoy wide open horizons and dark skies by participating in this astrophotography workshop at a private dark sky property.

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This is a dark sky nightscape experience. Located at the private property of Roger Groom and his family, the property was purchased and has been purpose designed for the use of 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.

This is a nightscapes workshop focusing on utilising the foreground elements and dark night sky to capture beautiful images.

Inclusions

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

Astrophotography Nightscapes 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.
  • Astrophotography ultra-portable tracking mounts available for use (Vixen Polarie, iOptron SkyTracker, AstroTrac).
  • During the night return to base for looking at your results and discussing processing.

Nightscape techniques including:

  • 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)
  • Using lighting both natural and artifical to enhance the scene
  • Startrails, individual exposures, multiple exposures
  • Filters (where applicable)
  • Demonstration of tracking mount
  • Availability of tracking mounts to use on the night for longer exposures

Facilities & Provisions

  • Water, Tea, coffee, milo, hot chocolate and a selection of cakes and fruits provided
  • BYO dinner - microwave available for heating if required
  • Ablutions available onsite
  • Mains power is available for charging and powering devices such as laptops

Timing

  • 15:00 - Overnight camping attendees may arrive to set up
  • 15:30 - All attendees arrive from this time. Refreshments available.
  • 16:00 - 17:30 workshop presentation
  • 17:30 - 18:30 time for refreshments, dinner (BYO), sunset and twilight photography
  • 18:30 - 21:30 workshop practical
  • You are permitted to continue photography onsite as late as you wish (until sunrise) following completion of the formal worskhop at 9:30pm providing you maintain minimal disturbance to those accommodating onsite.
  • Last departure (for those staying overnight) Sunday 10am.

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 if they wish to follow with their images, or can watch Roger's demonstration.

  • 8:30am - 10:30am (2 hour session, exact start time flexible ot those present)
  • BYO laptop/computer/IT equipment
  • Tables with mains electricity available to power your devices
  • Water, Tea, coffee, milo, hot chocolate, light refreshments provided
  • $110pp

What to 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, small table optional
  • Food or drinks beyond those provided that you may require
  • Camera gear for nightscape photography (contact if unsure, happy to advise)

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 contry 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 appoximately 110km or 1 hour 30 min drive from Mundaring in the Shire of Cunderdin. Exact location of this private site will be shared with registered participants upon booking.

Onsite

  • Camping 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 for one of the above reasons 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

Goldfields Road

Youndegin, WA 6409

Australia

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Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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