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Onward and upward: astronomer helps beginners reach for stars

Monday, 17th July, 2017

“A GOLDEN AGE” – Peter Sayers says there has never been a better time to take up astronomy, especially in Tasmania, blessed as it is with clear skies uncontaminated by light pollution. Photo: Kelly Slater

WHEN you live in a state with clear skies and clean air, gazing up to the heavens always results in a new view.

And that sense of discovery is one of the things Tastrofest in Ulverstone hopes to bring home next month.

From finding the perfect spot to view the Aurora Australis, to seeing Saturn’s rings, or watching the changing phases of the moon, Tasmanians have it all.

Tastrofest celebrates astronomy and includes NASA exhibitions, rocketry and telescope workshops, planetarium sessions and night sky viewing.

Peter Sayers will present astrophotography workshops as part of the event.

An amateur astronomer based in Devonport, Peter has been studying the sky for the past 27 years and says now is the best time to take up the hobby.

“It’s come ahead in leaps and bounds,” he said.

 “Things have changed with the internet and equipment that is now more available to the average person.

“We’re now living in a golden age.”

One of the astronomical sights that hooked Peter was a comet crashing into Jupiter in 1994.

“I set up my telescope to see the remnants. I could see little black clouds and it blew me away.

“Our skies have got so many treasures and we get such a good view of the Milky Way.  You’ll never exhaust the things to see.”

Peter’s astrophotography workshops will take attendees through the equipment they need and the best ways to capture the Aurora Australis, planets, the moon and the night sky, as well as programs to use when planning photography and post-processing.

  • Tastrofest, Ulverstone Schweppes Stadium, Flora Street, August 3-5. Information from Brittany Trubody on 0403-911-410 or www.tastrofest.com

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