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  • Date 6:00PM Saturday 27th July 2024
  • Location Wainuiomata Regional Park, 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Cost $20 + booking fee
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Calling all aspiring astro-photographers! Join us to get close-up and personal with our galaxy and learn the basics of dark sky shooting from a professional.

Shooting the Stars

Are you a photographer interested in learning the tips and tricks of dark sky photography? We are thrilled to be offering this exclusive astrophotography workshop and stargazing session guided by Glen Butler (Night & Light Photography) and Wellington Astronomical Society as part of Greater Wellington’s Dark Sky Series.

This event is strictly limited to 30 people, so book your spot today. Please only register if you have the equipment requirements outlined below.

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What to bring (minimum requirements):

  • Camera – with the ability to change manual settings of aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • A wide-angle lens or zoom (e.g. 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

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. 

Why Wainuiomata? Wainuiomata Regional Park is close to achieving dark sky place accreditation and offers some of the region's best stargazing just 30 minutes from Wellington's CBD. The location of the park provides a sanctuary from city light pollution, allowing budding astro-photographers a stunning night sky to shoot.

This event is not suitable for children under 18.

Meeting location: Wainuiomata Regional Park carpark, we will escort you through the park to the event site. 

Updated July 8, 2024 at 11:37 AM