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Mount Vincent Astro Photography Twilight Hike

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Go on a hike and learn all about astro photography
Astrophotography is merely taking a photograph of an object in space or in the sky. This can be done with either telescopes/cameras or just a camera.

Learning how to photograph the amazing and vast universe that surrounds us can be a great deal of fun and give much satisfaction!

Down Under Discoveries and Perth based astrophotographer and astronomer Roger Groom will provide you with an amazing Mount Vincent Astro Photography Twilight Hike.

Western Australia's dark night skies together with the lack of heavy pollution make it an ideal place for astrophotography. You will be able to see one of the most beautiful destinations in the Darling Ranges. This is a spot where you will find some of the darkest skies in Perth and therefore an ideal spot for this adventure.

Whether you're a beginner in photography or are looking to further develop your astrophotography skills, join in on this astrophotography hike and start your next adventure!

"Shoot for the Stars"

The cost of this event is from $55.00 per person and it is on Saturday 11th May 2019. The whole event will take about six hours with a 3.30 pm start. It will start from Mount Vincent, Sullivan Rock Rest Area, Monadnocks National Park, Albany Highway. The carpark itself is on the right-hand side heading SE, 9 1/2 km along Albany Highway past the turn-off for Jarrahdale Road. You are asked to arrive five to ten minutes before the event starts.

You can find out more and make a booking at their website.

Each group has a minimum of 10 people required for this event to be held. There is a maximum of 20 people per event.

The Hike

The hiking part of this experience is quite mild. You start from Sullivan Rock and up to the ridge of Mount Vincent via a section of the iconic Bibbulmun Track.

The trail has been marked grade 4 which means there are a few decent climbs and descents. The climb up to the ridge is gradual and most people with a relative degree of fitness can do this without too much exertion. Given that you will be combining it with photography means that the pace will be only moderate.

About the Astronomer Leading this Event
Roger Groom is a Perth based astrophotographer and has over 20 years of experience in this field. Roger has been the chairperson of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group, designed and operated remote astronomy setups, runs astrophotography workshops and sells astrophotography.

Roger likes hiking and photographing in the natural Australian environment and has been selling landscape and macro photography for many years at the Kalamunda Markets since the early 2000s.

This tour is ideal for Roger and is a perfect blend of astronomy and photography. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with members of the public and you can see his website here.

About Night Hiking
When the sun starts to set below the horizon and it turns to darkness there is no rule that says you have to stay in for the evening. If you want to explore the outdoors after dark, then night hiking is the way to go. You must make sure you bring your torch or headlamps and immerse yourself in the joy of hiking on a mountain at night.

Hiking at night makes you focus on your other senses and especially your hearing which can put you more "in tune with the environment around you". This is particularly so with wildlife which can be often be seen as you go up or down Mount Vincent. It is an amazing sensory experience!

Watching the sunset over the horizon from Mount Vincent is an experience that is fantastic!

The one hour hike back down to the carpark often means that many people miss this opportunity. They opt to get back to the bottom whilst there is light! The guides at this event are experienced at leading hikes at night-time in a safe manner. You can, therefore, look forward to being able to have this great opportunity.
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Why? For an astrophotography hike
When: 11th May 2019
Where: From Sullivan Rock Rest Area
Cost: $55
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