On Saturday night I attended the event A Night of Astrophotography with Mark Gee. Along with around 1000 other astro nerds. It was around 8 degrees C. With a pretty chilly southerly breeze.
The ‘biggest star party in the Southern Hemisphere’. The event was held at Red Rocks Nature Reserve, on Wellington’s rugged South Coast. It was part of the Space and Science Festival. Mark Gee hosted the event. Mark is famously known for The Art of Night. There was a brief lesson from Mark on DSLR settings. He ran us through the required equipment. The aim of this was to help produce the best results from your astrophotography. Mark has a full tutorial available here: the Art of Night Astrophotography Tutorial which covers things in more detail. I have found Mark’s photography a huge inspiration over the years. The Art of Night tutorials are the most detailed I’ve found.
Edit 20/02/2018: I recently found another tutorial, that also covers some neat tools to use: Easy Astrophotography Tips for Beginners
I’ve created an Instagram account solely for my night sky work which you can follow over at Night and Jay – Now that astro season is starting up again in New Zealand, I’ll be posting more regularly, and sharing some editing tips of my own!