Course Outline

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 March 2022
Main venue: Wellington Room, Martinborough Hotel,
10-12 Memorial Square, Martinborough, South Wairarapa.

Day/TimeModuleInstructor
Friday 25 March
2pm-4pm
Optional visit to John Whitby’s Star Field Observatory, 115B Ruakokoputuna Rd,
Martinborough (5 km south of Martinborough)
John Whitby
4pmConference registration open at Martinborough Hotel
4.30pmWelcoming address, Wellington Room, Martinborough HotelJohn Hearnshaw
4.45pm - 5.15pmIntroductions for participants
5.15pmOverview of astro-tourism and dark sky places in New ZealandNalayini Davies
6.30pmReception at Martinborough Hotel
7.30pmDinner Break
8.30pmAstro-Tour at Star Field Observatory (weather permitting)
and/or The lives of the stars
John Whitby, Gareth Davies
John Hearnshaw
Saturday 26th March 9amOur place in the Universe Nalayini Davies
10.30amMorning tea/coffee break
11amCoordinates and time in astronomy John Hearnshaw
12.30pmLunch Break
2pmHow binoculars and telescopes work and how to use a telescopeJohn Drummond
3pmAfternoon tea/coffee break
3.30pmPrincipal objects to look at for astro-tourists Alan Gilmore
4.30pmTechniques of astro-photographyJohn Drummond
5.30pmWorkshop:
Option 1: Hands-On Astro-photography
Option 2: Setting up an Astro-tourism Business

John Drummond
Nalayini Davies
6.30pmDinner Break
8.30pmAstro-Tour at Star Field Observatory (weather permitting)
and/or The lives of the stars
Gareth Davies & Alan Gilmore
John Hearnshaw
Sunday 27th March 9amNaming of stars and celestial objects John Hearnshaw
10.30amMorning tea/coffee break
11amMaori astronomy and Matariki Pauline Harris
11.45amDisplay of astrophotography Steve Chadwick
12.45pmLunch Break
2pmNotes for astro-tour guides Alan Gilmore
3pmAfternoon tea/coffee break
3.30pmUseful books, publications and software for night sky guides All Instructors
4.40pmPresentation of AAA Certificates to participants
5pmClose