Aurora Australis & Night-Sky Festival

August 07 to September 03, 2015 / Hobart, Tasmania


In recent years Tasmania has become the mecca for aurora viewing and night sky photography in the Southern Hemisphere. Our festival is to promote Tasmania as a destination for the night sky as well as educate people about all things aurora & night sky. We also want to celebrate the huge community Aurora Australis Tasmania on Facebook (23000members at the time of writing).

The inaugural festival in 2013 was a great success and this year we are preparing another great celebration.

The festival is based around a 4 week photographic exhibition at Wild Island in Hobart.


The program :

Exhibition opening & festival launch

August 7 – 6 to 8 pm / Wild Island, Hobart
Join us for the launch of the festival and the Tasmanian Night Sky Photography Awards exhibition.

Tasmanian Night Sky Photography Awards ceremony

August 14 – 6 to 8 pm / Wild Island, Hobart
Join us for a huge night of celebration as we reveal the winners of the Tasmanian Night Sky Photography Awards.
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Beginners aurora & night sky photography workshop

August 15 – 5 to 7 pm / Wild Island, Hobart
Join Loic Le Guilly to learn the basics of night sky & aurora photography. Topics covered include introduction to auroras & how they work, where to go to see them in Tasmania, how to forecast and monitor auroras, equipment to photograph auroras & night sky, the best camera settings and  how to process your night sky images.
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Dancing Lights: a musical exploration of the night sky

August 15 – 8 to 9 pm / Wild Island, Hobart
Performed by students of the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmania Note-Aurius 7 piece mixed ensemble Michaela Darlington / Voice Jen Yu / Piano Julia Olding / Flute Saturday 15th August 8pm $20/$15 concession
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Aurora & night sky talks at Wild Island

August 16 – 2 to 5 pm / Wild Island, Hobart
Join us for an afternoon of informative and entertaining talks about aurora, stars and more…
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Advanced night sky photography workshop

August 16 – 6 to 8.30 pm / Wild Island, Hobart
This advanced workshop by Greg Gibbs will cover the following: Equipment, Planning, Star Trails, Panoramas, Timelapses, Light Painting, Post Processing
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Night sky weekend at Ratho Farm, Bothwell

August 29 – 30 / Ratho Farm, Bothwell
Join us for an exciting weekend of night sky photography and enlightening talks at Ratho Farm in Bothwell. Loic Le Guilly will give you tips and tricks to photograph the night sky. He will demonstrate in the field techniques and concepts to capture the night sky. Martin George, former President of the International Planetarium Society, will talk about Grote Reber and his special connection with Bothwell.
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Maria Island photography workshop

4-6 September 2015
Join Loic Le Guilly and Rob Blakers for 3 days of landscape, wildlife and night sky photography, staying at the historic Bernacchi House on Maria Island.
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