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  • Date 6:00PM Saturday 17th September 2022
  • Location Wainuiomata Regional Park, 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Cost $25 + $3 booking fee
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Calling all aspiring photographers! Join us to get close-up and personal with our galaxy and learn the basics of dark sky shooting from a professional.

A view of the night sky about Wainuiomata Regional Park

We are thrilled to be offering this exclusive astrophotography workshop and stargazing session guided by Glen Butler (Night & Light Photography) and Wellington Astronomical Society. This is a unique chance to explore our Southern Skies. Look for Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon through powerful optical telescopes and put your new skills to the test by capturing the night sky!

Light pollution in the city washes out our view of space, and only the brightest stars pierce the glow. Wainuiomata Recreational Area might be one of the most peaceful spots in the region, yet it has one of the busiest dark skies in the universe, making it a perfect location for stargazing and astrophotography.

Glen Butler (Night & Light Photography) is an award winning and widely published photographer and filmmaker from Wellington New Zealand; specialising in panoramic, time-lapse, landscape and astrophotography. A passion for adventure takes him to all corners of Aotearoa in a quest to capture the more remote and often unseen raw natural beauty New Zealand has to offer. You can view some of Glen's breathtaking work on Facebook or Instagram.

This event is strictly limited to 20 people, so book your spot today. Please only register if you have the equipment requirements outlined below.

Register for this event

During this introductory session to astrophotography you will learn the fundamentals and some creative ideas to begin taking captivating images in a unique dark sky environment. Wellington Astronomical Society will also have their telescopes on hand for you to have a closer look at our sparkling Southern Skies.

Meet us at the carpark and a bus will take you to the event site in Wainuiomata Regional Park. This event is not suitable for children under 18.

What to bring (minimum requirements):

  • Camera – with the abiltiy to change manual settings of aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • A wide angle lens or zoom (eg 14mm, 24mm, 35mm)
  • A stable tripod
  • A remote shutter release or the ability to put your camera onto (2 second) self timer mode
  • Empty memory card(s)
  • Spare/fully charged camera batteries
  • Head torch (ideally with red light setting)
  • Warm clothing and sturdy footwear

COVID-19 update: This event will follow government guidelines.

Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

To help protect you, your whānau, and your community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know:  

  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and get a test.  
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.  
  • Sanitise your hands before eating (there will be sanitiser available) 
  • Try to maintain 1m distance from others  
  • Do not share food or water with others   
Updated August 23, 2022 at 2:24 PM