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East Coast Astro

  • 261-302 Pakiri River Rd Pakiri, Auckland, 0972 New Zealand (map)

East coast astro, the first of the season!  What a great idea, spend the day enjoying the beautiful beach at Pakiri and then come out to play for some astrophotography!  If you’re not up for a 2am drive, I recommend finding some accommodation up North anywhere from Warkworth to Pakiri itself.


Get in early this year to hone your astro skills.  Summer outings are the easiest to plan for as we're almost guaranteed clear skies.  I shouldn't say that too loudly though, hehe.

Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

Steve Clifton Photography will again be co-hosting on this workshop.  Steve's knowledge of shooting the night sky and on how to read "Sky apps" is up there with the best!  Make sure you quiz him if you have any queries.  Don't miss this VERY reasonably priced opportunity to extend your photography skills in this exciting genre!


The core of the Milky Way will move above the horizon around 3.30am and our best shooting will around 4.30am to 5.30am as it rises further into the sky. Jupiter, will be by far the brightest planet/star in the sky, and it will be almost centered in the Milky Way core, which will be awesome because Jupiter gives great reflections on the water/wet sand. Saturn and Venus will be just below it. The Moon, on the other hand, will be out of sight, below the horizon, so we will have fabulously dark skies!

Location:  Pakiri Beach is nice and wide and gives us a lot of room to spread out to enjoy shooting.  It also has a nice water outlet that can provide a leading line for our imagery or provide reflections of the stars on a still night.  Come along and enjoy shooting with like-minded folk in a safe environment.  You'll always pick up a few tips and well, practice makes perfect.

Gear: A wide lens works best if you want to capture the Milky Way in a single frame. If you have some panoramic experience then a mid-range lens (around 24mm) is ideal. The lower the F/ stop on your lens the better, i.e., if your lens can open up to F/1.4 or F/2.8 all the better. A sturdy tripod is needed. Filters are not of any use when shooting the stars.


Terms & Conditions:

Susan Blick Photography and Steve Clifton Photography are NOT responsible for your equipment or your travel to and from the event. We ask that you take special care on the drive up to Pakiri and with your camera gear as we are shooting at a beach location. In order to sign up for the event we request that you make yourself available for either morning - Saturday 3am or Sunday 3am. If the skies are too cloudy on the Saturday morning we will reschedule the event for the Sunday morning. Please add yourself as “going” to the facebook event in order to stay up to date with the discussion surrounding possible date changes and weather.

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