Attendee: $120 per person
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: 13th of October and 8th of December 2021
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm (Doors open at: 6:30 pm)

Spring is planet season and this year Jupiter and Saturn are putting on a fantastic show! Let’s make the most of this and get some great shots for you, using your camera, of the gas giant planets.

We will use the telescopes of the Perth Observatory, with camera adaptors supplied, to connect your camera to our telescopes. You will record raw footage of the planets and take that away with you to process and show your friends & family. There will be Four telescopes that the 12 people will be rotated between, allowing plenty of time to capture your images, share techniques with participants, try out your camera on different telescopes, and more.

Participants will need to have a good working knowledge of their camera for this workshop. That is, you should know how to use manual shutter speed, ISO, aperture. You should be able to navigate around your camera’s menu system and buttons to find settings such as Live View, zoom in/out on playback images and the Live View, and be able to use Photo and Video modes. A tip: Sit yourself in a dark room with your camera, with no torch, and get used to the button placement, menu options, to find your way around your camera in the dark. As for exactly what settings to use, we teach you that – you just need to be able to find those settings on your camera.

Before heading to the telescopes we will have a 30-45 minute theory session where Roger Groom will take you through the process of photographing the planets. We will talk about the equipment and software, and touch briefly on the image processing that you might do following the night.

At the time of booking please provide details of your camera brand and model so that we can appropriately cater for all guests. You are encouraged to bring your own camera T-ring adaptor if you have one, and also Barlow lenses if you have those (using the equipment you have helps become more familiar with your own equipment).

Camera brands and models that we cater to:

  • Canon EF mount
  • Canon R mount
  • Nikon (including Nikon Z)
  • Pentax K mount
  • M42 thread mount
  • Fuji X mount
  • Sony A mount
  • Sony E mount
  • Micro 4/3 (Olympus, Panasonic Lumix)
  • We also have a mobile phone mount, to hold your mobile phone at the eyepiece and record using your mobile phone.

If the evening is is too cloudy to photograph the planets the facilitator will make a call as to whether the workshop is replaced with an image processing tutorial indoors instead. Photographing the gas giants is possible with moderate levels of cloud and so we will proceed with the workshop if at all possible.

Book Now

To book your spot on the Photographing Gas Giants Workshop right now, you need to enter the number of people coming in and then click the date in the booking calendar. A green background denotes there is still space on the workshop on that night, the red background denotes the workshop is fully booked and the yellow background denotes today’s date.

Once you’ve done that, click on the Book Now button and that will take you to the checkout section where you can pay for your spot(s).

You’ll get a confirmation email and on the night the host will ask you for the name the booking was under and then mark you off on the booking sheet.

Please provide info on the make and model of your camera at the time of booking in the notes field in the checkout section.

Step 1: Choose the number of people that are coming