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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.