Learn astrophotography under the best dark sky in Australia.
Join us for an introduction to astrophotography under the magnificent night sky of the Pilbara. Everything from landscape to deep-sky astrophotography will be covered. We will introduce the techniques and equipment you will need to get great shots of the Milky Way, stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae.
Cheela Astro Fest will be held over three epic nights giving you the chance to learn from our skilled team, share your work and techniques and develop new skills with other enthusiastic photographers. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to experts. You are also welcome to bring your own equipment or work with our cameras and telescopes.
Navigating the night sky.
An introduction to the objects of the night sky.
Using astronomy software to find targets & plan ahead.
Wide-angle & landscape astrophotography
Understanding ISO, shutter speed & aperture.
Choosing the best cameras, lenses & filters for the conditions.
Understanding tripods, tracking mounts & wedges.
Using triggers and software to control image capture.
How to apply the 500 rule to control star trails.
Achieving perfect focus.
Colour versus black & white photography.
Composition of subjects, what works & how to achieve it.
Using image processing techniques to enhance your photos.
Using Photoshop to edit and perfect your photos.
An introduction to deep sky objects & the challenges they pose for photography.
Optimal telescopes & lenses for deep-sky astrophotography.
How to choose, setup and control astronomy mounts.
Monochrome vs. colour cameras.
Filters, filter wheels & how to use them.
Using software for focus, tracking, polar-alignment, plate solving and image capture.
Software image stacking techniques.
Using Photoshop to fine-tune your photos.
Some of the latest and greatest astrophotography equipment will be available, including:
SkyWatcher Esprit 120 ED Apochromatic Triplet telescope.
Saxon 127 ED Apochromatic Triplet telescope.
Celestron 9.25” Schmitt-Cassigrain telescope.
Canon 5D Mk 3 & 4 SLR cameras.
Sony a7R Mk 2 mirrorless camera.
Dedicated ZWO astrophotography cameras.
$250 per person Plus your choice of accommodation & catering.
Book your accommodation & Cheela Astro Fest ticket here. Step 1: Chose your accommodation type, i.e. campsite or room Step 2: Select your Astro Fest package
A hearty breakfast each morning with croissants, brekky wraps, coffee & tea.
A chance to meet and shoot with other professional and amateur photographers.
Barbeque with burgers & dessert on Wednesday night.
Powered & unpowered campsites available for caravans, campervans, camper trailers & tents.
Optional tent hire (bring your own bedding).
Single rooms, double rooms & a family room are available.
Fully catered in our cafe restaurant (please reserve in advance)
Self-catered using your equipment or our camp kitchen.