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Jay Evans

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Astromeet 25th March

Jay Evans
Image: Alpha 7 III (A7M3)
Join us for an astromeet at the epic Barrenjoey Lighthouse

About the event

Due to the popularity of this years events, I am slotting in a second Astro Meet at Barrenjoey Lighthouse on Saturday 25th March, meeting at 11PM. We will also use this night to explore more of the headland for different and challenging compositions, so anyone coming the week before will benefit from coming again to discuss nightscaping composition.

Part of Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park, weather permitting, this will be an incredible evening capturing not just the more commonly known images from in front of the lighthouse, but we will also explore other areas nearby seeking out those unique and rarely seen compositions. 

While on site, I will go through some basics about safety, etiquette, how to find the Milky Way, how to capture it, how to look for a unique composition and some advanced capture techniques. We will also cover some basic astroscape lighting, and how to manage harsh lighting projected by the new LED system in the lighthouse itself.

We will shoot the Milky Way and Star Trails through to just before sunrise. 

NOTE: The meeting time is 11:00PM on Saturday evening and we will shoot through to early Sunday morning.

Meeting Time: Saturday 25th March 2023, 11:00PM 

Galactic Core Visible - 10:56 til 05:40 

Sunrise - 07:02 

Weather Dependent - This is a Weather Dependent event. If heavy rain or storms are forecast we will cancel or postpone the event to a later date. We will still run the event if it is cloudy, as we can have some light painting fun around the Lighthouse and surrounding headland if the skies fail to clear for us. 

Parking - Once you turn into Governor Philip Car Park at Palm Beach, park at the northern most end on the Pittwater side, near the amenities block. Use this pin to navigate to the meeting spot.


Techniques covered

  • Night shooting safety
  • Locating the Milky Way
  • Quick Milky Way settings
  • Focusing in the dark
  • Night shooting etiquette
  • Looking for the Unique
  • Managing Lens Fog

What to bring

  • MOST IMPORTANT - Working Headlamp or torch (no mobile phone torches please!)
  • A camera with Manual controls and interchangeable lenses
  • Lenses suitable for astrophotography (between 12mm & 24mm preferably with f/2.8 or faster)
  • Remote shutter for camera
  • Sturdy Tripod
  • A small towel to cover your camera
  • Warm Layered clothing, beanie or other warm headwear, and warm socks/shoes or boots
  • Firm and grippy footwear is strongly recommended as we will be traversing rocky cliff tops along the coastline.

Event FAQs (For general FAQs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page)

Please wear appropriate clothing ensuring you have a warm jacket and beanie. The headland is exposed and can become bitterly cold at night. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended to protect from mosquitos.
Yes - we park at the end of Governor Philip Car Park at Palm Beach.
While we will be on hand to help photographers learn how to capture the night sky and the Milky Way, this is not a workshop, more an event to get like minded photographers in a safe group to capture the night sky.
Accessing Barrenjoey Headland requires a 1km hike up a very steep, well formed and paved trail. While access is easy and the summit can be reached in 15-20 minutes, those with heart conditions should consider not attending this event due to the physical exertion of this summit track. If you have any concerns or want to discuss physical abilities, please contact me.
Yes. The 199 bus departs from Manly Ferry Wharf approximately every 30 minutes and this is a1 hour bus ride to the entry to Governor Philip Car Park.
Contact Jay at or SMS on 0410 168408
To ensure I cover my business costs for these events, there must be a small fee to register for these events ongoing. This fee is Non-refundable except in extenuating circumstances or in the case the event is cancelled due to bad weather. This fee covers: Your Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park Entry Fee ($4.64 per person). NSW National Parks EcoPass License Fees. Public Liability Insurance to cover Night Photography Events (a Requirement of my EcoPass). An Experienced and Accredited Guide and Photography Educator with Remote Area First Aid Accreditation. Fuel & Vehicle Expenses to get guides to/from the event. Other Ancillary costs.


Jay Evans

Hi, I am Jay Evans. A Nightscape, Landscape, Nature and Astro Photographer based in the Blue Mountains and also a passionate Tour Guide and Educator.I love to e...

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Jay was excellent. I was knowledgeable and has the ability to convey this knowledge to each individual and to a large group. ”

Gerard Delany, Crazy Astrophotographers AstroMeet
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Jay is an experienced professional photographer, with friendly personality. I have learned a lot from him by attending various workshops.”

John Sheen, Crazy Astrophotographers AstroMeet
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