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.

COVID-19 Update

With the improved COVID-19 situation in Western Australia I re-commenced in-person workshops in July 2020 and as of April 2021 I am continuing these. I am also contiuing to offer online workshops from my backyard observatory direct to your house via Teams, Whatsapp, Facetime and Skype.

Online Workshops

I operate my one-on-one online workshops from my backyard observatory. This gives me access to the complete range of equipment you might need to learn about in your workshop. No longer do I have to decide what I bring with me, it’s simply all there! It also means neither you or I have to drive late at night. I have a high quality internet connection, high quality phone/camera and audio earpiece, which combined with studio lightning makes the experience seamless and enjoyable.

Online workshops are charged at a discounted rate compared to the in-person workshops representing teh saving I have in not travelling – $90/hour.

So, if you would like a one-on-one online workshop please contact me. We’ll arrange a time, number of hours, payment by EFT, then have a great chat showing you everything you need to know about astrophotography.

Here is my workshop setup for one-on-one online workshops:

Roger Groom’s backyard observatory, used for online astrophotography workshops

Roger Groom’s backyard observatory, used for online astrophotography workshops

In-person 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, my dark sky site in the Central Wheatbelt (Shire of Cunderdin), 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. Discounts aply for groups.

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 per photographer. 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.

Milky Way 2-night Workshop

Where: Perth Observatory
Date: Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st April 2021
Time: 7pm-9:30pm each night
Class size: 15 people maximum
Booking and more information:
In case of cloud: We will go ahead irrespective of weather, but in the case of cloudy conditions a telescope tour of the Perth Observatory and Astro Photography Australia equipment will be given and an additional two hours of specific image processing workshop presented.

A two night workshop Milky Way nightscapes workshop held on the grounds of the Perth Observatory. This workshop is designed to give you the best chance of taking your own stunning nightscape photographs in the subsequent two months of “milky way season” as the Milky Way rises in the south-east earlier and earlier each night through Autumn.

Lake Grace Astrophotography Workshop

Where: Lake Grace
Date: Saturday 1st May 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm (exhibition opening talk prior at 3pm -4pm)
Class size: 15 people maximum
Booking and more information: See eventbrite informaiton page

I will be travelling to lake Grace for an exhibition opening and astrophotography workshop event. The town is one of many in the AstroTourism WA network of astronomy and astrophotography friendly regional towns and this is a great opportunity to get out to some dark skies.

Lake Towerrinning Astrophotography Workshop

Where: Lake Towerrinning, Moodiarrup, Shire of West Arthur
Date: Saturday 15th May 2021
Time: 5pm – 8pm (you are welcome to continue longer, as I will myself!)
Class size: 15-20 people maximum
Booking and more information: See the Stargazers Club WA page

Back again with Stargazers Club WA I’m looking forward to making the most of another AstroTourism WA region, this time the Shire of West Arthur. We will be running the workshop at Lake Towerrinning which has camping facilities, so I will be staying overnight and participants are encouraged to also.

Being an overnight workshop I look forward to a fun evening and probably even the next morning of chatting to participants about all things astrophotography, as well as the usual astrophotography practicals. The end time is listed as 8pm but you can be sure that weather permitting I’ll be out there doing astrophotography much longer than that and I don’t mind company.

Perth Observatory Day & Night Astrophotography Workshop

Where: Kalbarri National Park – Skywalk
Date: Saturday 7th August 2021
Time: 1pm – 10pm
Class size: 12 people maximum
Booking and more information: Not yet online

This full afternoon and evening workshop will include astrophotography subjects as broad as wide-field Mily Way and nightscapes, planetary, solar, lunar, and Deep Sky astrophotography. More details to come via the Perth Observatory website.

Kalbarri Astrophotography Workshop

Where: Kalbarri National Park – Skywalk
Date: Saturday 14th August 2021
Time: TBA
Class size: 15 people maximum
Booking and more information: Not yet online

With the recent cyclone devastation caused to Kalbarri this event may or may not proceed. We are monitoring the situation and will advise in the coming weeks.

More to come!

I have more group workshops already scheduled in, details to be put up on this page as we move through the year and they near. Keep an eye out for some unique and exciting opportunities to get yourself in to astrophotography or just enjoy an evening of astrophotography with like minded individuals.

Vouchers available – contact me.

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