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Night Photography Workshop

We have a new business in Tekapo. Fraser Gunn, well known photographer of Aurora and all things to do with the night sky, is now offering individual workshops. One on one tuition into the secrets of successful astrophotography. This is a new venture for Fraser and we hope it goes really well for him . Its a fantastic way to learn about photographing the stars. Fraser is a great teacher, plus you’ll be walking away with great images!
If you happen to be getting into Tekapo very late at night that is no problem, so long as he has an empty spot Fraser is more than happy to start a shoot at midnight. That is entirely up to you (and availability).

Fraser Gunn Astrophotograpy lessons 682×1024 Night Photography Workshop
Fraser Gunn shooting the stars.

There is a lot of information on Fraser’s astrophotography lessons Night Photography Worksop or his Lake Tekapo Astrophotography website.

You can email him fraser@laketekapo.cc Or ring Fraser on 03 6806233 or 021 2307675 AFTERNOON, PLEASE, if you are already here.

Cost: $40 for the first hour and then $20 per hour thereafter. Payment will be taken at the end of the lesson and can be made in either cash or by credit card (Online Paypal transaction) Please make sure you have a full battery for your camera (spare batteries and recharger if you have) If you don’t have a camera, Fraser is more than happy for you to use his.

Aurora video by Fraser.

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Lake Tekapo now has a dark-sky reserve.
Posted on June 11, 2012 by admin
7075972 Lake Tekapo now has a dark sky reserve.

Canterbury is now home to the biggest and the best dark-sky reserve in the world. Six years of hard work and intense lobbying have finally paid off with tonight’s announcement that the Aoraki-Mackenzie Dark-Sky Reserve has been officially approved by a global astronomical body. The reserve, which includes Canterbury University’s Mt John Observatory above Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Aoraki-Mt Cook village, is only the fourth in the world and the second in the Southern Hemisphere. At 4300 square kilometres the Aoraki-Mackenzie reserve is the biggest, ahead of reserves at Exmoor in England and Quebec in Canada, and the recently announced NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia.It is also the first “gold-rated” reserve, meaning the darkness of its night skies is almost unbeatable.

International Dark-Sky Association executive director Bob Parks, who announced the new reserve, said it was about the best astronomical site one could get without being on the summit of very tall, remote mountains. “The new reserve is coming in at a ‘gold-level’ status. That means the skies are almost totally free from light pollution.

“To put it simply, it is one of the best stargazing sites on Earth.”

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