Astrophotography Workshops

Roger Groom, who runs this website Astro Photography Australia also hosts workshops on astrophotography in Perth Western Australia. This page outlines the current workshops planned. Follow links to the workshop information to make bookings or enquire.

I am passionate about astronomy and astrophotography, and love having any excuse I can to get others enthused also.

I am based in Perth, Western Australia and currently that is where I run my workshops. If you are interested in me running an Astrophotography Workshop for you, your community group, photography club, etc then you are welcome to contact me. All courses are night-time or weekend subject to my availability.

Why do astrophotography workshops with Roger Groom:

  • I have all the equipment for you to try astrophotography using your camera including several different models of the leading ultra-portable tracking mounts common for nightscapes. Try before you buy.
  • I maintain a set of up to date adaptors for fitting your camera to a telescope including 15 T-Rings for Canon (including Canon R), NIkon (including Nikon Z), Sony (Alpha and E mount), Pentax (K and M42 thread), Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Fuji X.
  • I have 20 years of astrophotography experience in a diverse range of subjects.
  • I communicate well with beginners through to advanced, able to work at your level of knowledge and adapt my experience to your scenario.

One-on-One Astrophotography Workshop Tuition in Perth
(on demand)

Get together with a friend or two to share the cost or just book for yourself, and enjoy an awesome night under the stars learning to use your camera for astrophotography!

I am happy to provide private lessons and workshops on Astrophotography. This can be done at the Perth Observatory, your home, at selected parks and reserves, or at my personal private dark sky site, suitable to yours and my location. Lessons can be as long or short as you wish with the minimum being one hour, and may span several nights. A common approach is one night of three hours.

One-on-one workshops can be just for yourself or a group of friends. Up to five people works well for being able to dedicate sufficient time to each person in the group.

My broad experience with Astrophotography means that I can help you with not just Nightscapes but other forms of astrophotography also (Deep Sky, Planetary, lunar, solar and many more). These might be with a telescope or just your camera on a tripod.

Cost: $100 per hour. Travel is included within 30km of Midland, additional travel is charged at $50 within metro Perth (Western Australia), or quoted on application for more distant locations. Payment by EFT or in person (cash or PayPal Here credit card service). Groups of up to 5 are accepted for the one price. Contact Me to discuss what you would like to learn. You will be amazed how much you learn in simply two to three hours. Of course one-on-one workshops include use of my tracking mounts and other equipment as required for your area of astrophotography interest.

Vouchers available – contact me.

Astrophotography at the Perth Observatory

If you are interested in attending an astrophotography workshop at the Perth Observatory you can do so by attending one of my workshops below, or by booking a 1-on-1 workshop with me as per above.

Since 2013 I have run countless awesome workshop nights at the Perth Observatory with all participants overwhelmingly happy with their results and the fun nights.

Perth Observatory Nightscapes day & night Astrophotography Workshop

When: Saturday 19th October 2019 1pm – 10pm
Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley WA
Cost: $180 per person for entire 9 hour workshop including dinner and refreshments for afternoon tea.
Class size: Maximum 15 people
Dinner: A dinner break will be held at 7pm, Subway or gourmet pizza catering provided
How to book: Booking will open closer to the time, you can put your name on a waiting list by contacting the Perth Observatory

This workshop is a nightscapes and wide-field astrophotography course at the Perth Observatory. During the afternoon we will work through the technicalities and how-to information in the theatre, showing all the hardware and software components, and putting all that together. Then after dinner (gourmet pizza provided) we will head to the observatory hilltop for practical.

In the case of weather that is not suitable for photography during the evening we will continue with image processing workshop until 8:30pm. The decision of whether to do practical or image processing is at the discression of the course facilitator.

See the Perth Observatory website for full details.

Lunar Photography

When: Saturday 9th November 2019
Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley WA
Cost: $75 per person
Class size: Maximum 20 people
How to book: Book at the Perth Observatory web page

This promises to be a fun relaxed evening of photographing the Moon on some fantastic telescopes using your camera.

Following on from the Gas Giants astrophotogrpahy workshop in August this will be a similar format where we have multiple telescopes set up ready to have your camera connected. The group size of 20 people maximum means you will have plenty of time to photograph the Moon.

Using a combination of Astro Photography Australia telescope and equipment, and the Perth Observatory telescopes, we will have a wide range of focal lengths (magnifications) and types of telescopes available. You will be able to take photographs of the moon that feature the full disk, and photographs that are at much higher magnification.

Before heading to the telescopes we will have a one hour theory session where Roger Groom will take you through the process of photogrpahing the Moon. We will talk about the eqiupment and software, and touch briefly on the image processing that you might do following the night.

At the time of booking please provide detials 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). Pleaes provide information at time of booking.

More Workshops …

There will be more workshops in the second half of 2019, yet to be posted here. Keep checking back or sign up to my newsletter if you are interested.

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