Astrophotography Lab

Join us under the stars for a night of stargazing.

Astrophotography Lab

In these sessions we will show you how to shoot your own stunning starry landscape images with your DSLR and a tripod. We will also show you how to setup and get images with a star tracker (Skywatcher Star Adventurer). You will get a deep exposure to four styles of night sky photography, the camera settings required for each one and also the how to interact with the image processing software.

The hands-on sessions will target different objects, landscapes and topics every day. Since these events are weather dependent, on occasions we may need to cancel the event at short notice. If this happens, you will receive an email, one hour prior to the event, notifying you of cancellation and you will also receive a free voucher for the next available session.

The Astrophotography Lab is composed of three independent sessions:

Lab Location Duration Price
Introduction to astrophotography Te Puru community centre, Maraetai 1 hour Child (5-15yrs): $50
Adult (16yrs+): $100
Landscape astrophotography Different locations around Auckland 2 hours Child (5-15yrs): $200
Adult (16yrs+): $300
Image Processing Te Puru community centre, Maraetai 2 hours Child (5-15yrs): $75
Adult (16yrs+): $150

Agenda - Session 1

Introduction to astrophotography (theory)
  • Basic concepts of astrophotography
  • Introduction to landscape astrophotography
  • Choose the right equipment
  • Planning and shooting

Location - Session 1

Agenda - Session 2

Landscape astrophotography (hands-on)
  • Twilight landscapes
  • Night sky scenes (short exposures)
  • Star trails (long exposures)
  • Night sky timelapse videos
  • Light painting

Locations - Session 2

Agenda - Session 3

Image processing
  • Long exposure noise reduction
  • Star stacking
  • Focus stacking and blending

Location - Session 3

Location

The theoretical sessions are taking place in Te Puru community centre, Maraetai. The landscape astrophotography sessions are taking place from different locations around Auckland. Usually around 30 to 45 minutes from the Auckland CBD. Those beautiful locations have been selected to offer stunning views of the night sky and also low light pollution coming from the city. Which is key to allow long-term expositions and capture amazing pictures of the deep sky objects like nebulae and galaxies.

Code of Conduct

In order to ensure safety, protect equipment and to enhance everyone enjoyment, we ask that you follow the Code of Conduct:
  • Pets are not permitted nearby the telescopes.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are never permitted within the area.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Aerosol bug spray repellent may only be applied away from the telescopes. (Sprays produce a fine mist which can settle on optical surfaces and is very difficult to clean.)
  • Remove any trash and keep the premises clean.
  • Visitors should bring a flashlight with RED light to use for the walk from the parking lot to the observation area and for reading star maps.