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Jay Evans
13 Mar

Crazy Astrophotographers AstroMeet

Bombo, NSW
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Jay Evans
Image: Jay Evans, Alpha 7R III (A7RM3)
Join us for the 1st Astromeet of 2021 - 1AM Start

About the event

We Astrophotographers do some crazy things, like during the early parts of Milky Way season, we become night owls, sleeping during the day and heading out to hunt for that perfect nightscape in the middle of the night. But the results for the adventurous can often be mind blowing. 

So come and join Jay on this Astro-meet, capturing the Milky Way as it rises off the eastern coastline from behind the famed basalt rock columns lining the old Bombo Quarry. This place is like being on a distant rocky planet when juxtaposed against the night sky. There are plenty of great compositions to look for around the area, so plenty for everyone to shoot. 

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 how to manage lens fog when it occurs on cold nights (as it surely will!). 

We will shoot from when the Milky Way rises through to sunrise. 

Meeting Time: Saturday 13th February @ 01:00 

Galactic Core Visible - 01:37 til 04:57 

Sunrise - 06:28 

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 quarry if the skies fail to clear for us. 

Parking - Park in the Bombo Headland Car Park. Be aware the council sometimes lock the gates so it is preferable to park in the spaces just outside the gates.

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 the rocks in the quarry can be slippery and uneven.

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

Please wear appropriate clothing ensuring you have a warm jacket and beanie. Despite being summer, the ocean front can become bitterly cold at night. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended to protect from mosquitos.
Yes - we park in the Bombo Headland Car park.
Bombo quarry is generally accessible to anyone with a short walk from the car park and a few small stairs to climb down. The quarry is generally flat to walk around but some areas have uneven boulders.
Due to the meeting time, it is recommended that you drive, however trains do run to the Bombo railway station, and are a short 1km walk from the meeting point.
Contact Jay at jay@jaydidphoto.com.au
We are a COVIDSafe business. You will be asked to sign a COVID Declaration on arrival to declare you are not suffering from symptoms, awaiting for a test result, or having received a positive test result, having arrived in Australia in the past 14 days, or having visited a known hotspot in NSW or interstate as defined by the NSW Health department. This is an outdoor event and we will practice social distancing. Your guide will have a supply of surgical masks and hand sanitiser available for participants to use.

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Jay Evans

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.

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Excellent guidance and expertise from industry professionals. Definitely worth attending and I will be telling others about it. Thanks Jay.”

Paul Jones, The Crazy things Astrophotographers do Astro-Meet
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Three Sisters from Echo Point

Jay was very understanding of the various levels of experience that each participant had but with his guidance and support no one missed any opportunity”

Peter Mitchell, Blue Mountains Astro Meet

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