On Saturday night I attended the event ‘A Night of Astrophotography with Mark Gee’ along with around 1000 other star nerds. It was around 8 degrees C with a pretty chilly southerly breeze.
The ‘biggest star party in the Southern Hemisphere’ was held at Red Rocks Nature Reserve, on Wellington’s South Coast, as part of the Space and Science Festival. Mark gave a bit of a brief lesson on DSLR settings and what kind of gear etc. is required to get good results from astrophotography – he 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, and his tutorials go into much more detail than the others I’ve come across.