August 2021 WAS Astrophotography Group / Dark Sky Observing

When: Saturday 7th of August from 7pm onwards.
Where: John Whitby’s dark sky site in the southern Wairarapa.

The evening will be a dark sky, two days before New Moon. There will be a tour of the Night Sky for beginners with a pointer before we get on the telescopes. 

Register by contacting us through Facebook Messenger or by emailing Include your email and mobile phone in the text if you are using Facebook Messenger. Directions to the site in the Wairarapa, and any updates, will be emailed out.  See

The event is free to members of the Society. Non-members are welcome to come along but to cover costs, non-members will be asked to contribute $10 per person to the Society. (To join the Society see )

What to bring for astrophotography:
A DSLR or mirrorless camera,
A wide angle lens (preferably),
A tripod to fix the camera to,
Warm clothes as it gets pretty cold at night.
Snacks and warm drinks if you want.

With people taking photos, keep lights to a minimum (red lights if you can) especially car headlights (use parking lights). For those just interested in Deep Sky Observing, telescopes will be provided unless you want to bring your own.

For further details or cancellations contact Antony (021 2534979) or Chris (021 890222). This event will be updated on our Facebook page in the afternoon on the day of the event if the weather forecast is not looking good.

This site is made available to members of the Wellington Astronomical Society through the generosity of John Whitby.