Astrophotography Workshops in Perth Western Australia

Roger Groom runs group and one-on-one workshops teaching astrophotography in a fun and interactive environment.

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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 learn 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.

Where I run Workshops

Astrophotography workshops are typically run at either Perth Observatory, my dark sky site at Astro Photography Australia (2 hours east of Perth in the Central Wheatbelt), at Lake Leschenaultia, or at your house or property.

I typically find that Perth Observatory is most convenient and suitabel for metropolitan customers. Those more serious about their dark skies enjoy the drive to my Astro Photography Australia property, and those who are after tuition on using their telescope for astrophotography are best having me around to their house/property where they would ordinarily use their telescope, so we set it up under the same conditions they would normally. I also run workshops online.

Online Workshops

I run workshops online, live, one-on-one or for small groups from my backyard observatory. My observatory works perfectly as a studio from which I use Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or FaceTime to video and audio-link with you to delivery the workshop electronically online. This format is fantastic, with many advantages:

  • I have all the equipment right there. I don't have to select a subset of my equipment to bring with me to your workshop.
  • Setting up all the equipment and showing you over the video link, inteactively with you, is very clear and easy to follow.
  • I have a fantastic internet connection, quality headset for consistent audio, high quality video recording, purpose designed lighting, to make sure the experience is clear and enjoyable.
  • Neither you nor I have any travel time. We can spend two hours sharing a workshop in an evening and at the end you are already home! no travelling!

Roger Groom's backyard observatory used for online astrophotography workshops

One-on-One Workshops

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. 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.

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.

Astrophotography Image Processing Class

Where: Henderson Environmental Centre End of Groat Street, North Beach
Date: Saturday 20th November
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Booking and more information: Stargazers WA Website

Choose your direction in Astrophotography @ BinoCentral

Where: Bino Central - 43 Winton Road, Joondalup WA
Date: Thursday 25th November
Time: 7pm - 9:30pm
Booking and more information: EventBrite booking page

Learn the types of astrophotography, what equipment and extent of knowledge each requires, and what will suit your interests.

Photographing Gas Giants Workshop

Where:Perth Observatory - 337 Walnut Road, Bickley WA
Date: 8th December 2021
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Booking and more information: EventBrite booking page

It's planet season and this year 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.

Lunar Photography Workshop

Where:Perth Observatory - 337 Walnut Road, Bickley WA
Date: 13th January 2021
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Booking and more information: Perth Observatory website

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

Perth Observatory Day & Night Astrophotography Workshop

Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley
Date: Saturday 5th March 2022
Time: 1pm - 10pm
Class size: 12 people maximum
Booking and more information: TBA - not yet available Sign up to my email list for notifications
In case of cloud: We will continue with more Software demonstrations, Image Processing and discussion of specific scenarios.

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.

Perth Observatory two night Milky way workshop

Where: Perth Observatory, Bickley
Date: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th March 2022
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Class size: 12 people maximum
Booking and more information: TBA - not yet available. Sign up to my email list for notifications

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.

Find out more

If you would like to discuss options for an astrophotography workshop or simply book one contact me to talk about the options. This is not a "one size fits all" situation, I discuss with you what you would like and we come to an arrangement that will suit you.

Astro Photography Australia dark sky site for astrophotography workshops