Once you've seen the stunning night sky over Lake Tekapo you'll be wanting to take a photographic souvenir to show your friends back home just what it was like. If you've tried to capture the stars, chances are that your results weren't quite what you'd hoped — but don't be discouraged, help is at hand!
A popular feature of our Mt John Night-time Observatory Tour is the chance to have your camera mounted on a high-tech tracking mount enabling you to take your own wide-angle astrophotographs. One or more of our experienced astroimagers will be available to assist you with adjusting your camera and focus, plus explain some of the mysteries of astrophotography.
To participate, your camera needs to have a "bulb" (timed exposure) function and the ability to be manually focused, so most SLR and DSLR designs will work. Our special tracking mount can accommodate five cameras simultaneously, plus we have shutter release cables for Canon, Nikon and Sony models.
If you'd like to use this service then we'd appreciate an idea of the numbers likely to take part, so please register your interest when booking at our Earth & Sky office (contact details at the bottom of the page) or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: our astrophotography staff will occasionally be unavailable owing to research duties at Mt John Observatory or vacation time. At the time of booking we will be able to inform you if these times coincide with your proposed visit.
The taking of photographs and video footage on Mount John is permitted for personal use only. Any other use, including commercial use, of such photographs or video footage is prohibited.
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Earth & Sky Ltd., P.O. Box 112, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand.
Phone: +64 (0)3 6806960 Fax: +64 (0)3 6806950
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