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West Coast Astro

  • 211 Bethells Rd Muriwai, Auckland, 0781 New Zealand (map)

It's ASTRO season!  So it's time to get out and do some Milky Way shooting as it doesn't last all year.  There is really only a small window to shoot astro in Auckland particularly.

Come and join Steve Clifton Photography and myself at one of my all time fave locations, Bethell's Beach.  It always seems to come clear at the right time out there - unlike Piha, lol - and the great expanse of the beach means it's easy to run off a few different compositions through the night.

 A panorama shot on May 6th last year when all those meteors came.  It was a fabulous night and I was the only one on Bethell's

A panorama shot on May 6th last year when all those meteors came.  It was a fabulous night and I was the only one on Bethell's

Let's meet near the toilet block, sounds dodgy doesn't it? :)  However, it's in the best location and is right beside the entrance to the beach pathway; on the far righthand side of the carpark.  Start time is 3.30am, please try not to be late.  Remember there is infrequent cell phone reception out there, so google maps, texting, etc might not work out there.  

This is what makes it so great to run these 'middle of the night' workshops, because the workshop provides a safe environment for us all to shoot in, especially the females among us.  It's hard to go out alone, and it's not easy to find someone to accompany you - so this fits the bill nicely.  Just as importantly, come out and learn some tips on settings and compositions for astro, and through Steve's knowledge how to read astro apps, like Photopills, and how to find the Milky Way.  Feel free to ask either of us any questions at all.

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It'll be an informative and fun night.  I'll have a NISI night filter on hand if anyone would like a spin.  There's been plenty of talk that these are an enhancement to astrophotography, come and try for yourself.

Gear:  Naturally you will need a tripod.  A wide to mid lens is best.  Wide if you want it all in one shot and anything from 24-50mm works well for panoramas.

NOTE: The workshop is on in the very early hours of Saturday morning, so that essentially means Friday night.  If there is bad weather - a real possibility in the Auckland area - the event will automatically be rescheduled for the next morning, Sunday morning 3.30am.

Pay in Full - *backup date: Sunday morning 3.30am
Earlier Event: June 2
Street + Blue Hour