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New Zealand Astrophotography Weekend 2020

    Foxton Beach Camp, Foxton Beach, Horowhenua 
November 13th - 15th, 2020 


The Horowhenua Astronomical Society is hosting the eighth New Zealand Astrophotography Weekend.  Held in the lower North Island it is an annual event dedicated to astrophotography in a wonderful dark-sky location. It is open to everyone interested in astrophotography - from beginners to advanced.  Come along and share your knowledge, tips and experiences

All sorts of astrophotography can be undertaken - deep-sky/solar-system/nightscapes.

The weekend shall consist of:

  • Practical astrophotography.  There are plenty of safe areas for people to set up their equipment and leave it in situ for the whole weekend.
  • Image Processing: There is a huge room with long tables available which is perfect for people to set up computers.  If you have one then please bring an external monitor to attach to your laptop as this is very useful for other people to observe what you are doing.
  • Presentations: There shall be talks on astrophotography related topics held in the large hall (see below).
  • Bring-and-buy: Feel free to bring along any equipment that you are no longer using and wish to sell.
  • Fish and chips dinner: Saturday night.  Please pay when you book.
  • Late-night movies: Should the weather not be kind then movies can be shown on the big screen.    

Everyone is encouraged to bring along their own telescopes/mounts/cameras etc. however basic they might be.

Presentations and workshops:

These shall be announced shortly.

                                            PLEASE BOOK EARLY SO THAT WE KNOW NUMBERS


Attendance Fee:  $25.00   

On-Site Accommodation:

Double rooms are available as well heated Cabins (from twin to 8 per cabin) - $24 per night per person.
If you are an individual, and can pre-arrange to share a cabin with friends, please let us know when you book - any spare cabins will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.  
Mattresses and pillows are provided but please note that you must bring your own pillow slips and bedding.


This weekend is strictly self catering.  A large fully equipped kitchen is available, with crockery, utensils, dishwasher, cleaning products, fridges and freezers as well as full laundry facilities.  A huge dining hall is available for eating in.

Groceries can be bought locally from New World in Foxton, or from the dairy in Foxton Beach itself.

The main hall is fully set up for talks.  It has a large open fire as well as electric heating.

How to book 

By far the easiest way to book is to complete your booking form and pay online

If this proves difficult for you then you can register and pay offline by contacting the HASI Treasurer, Stephen Chadwick, at:

Location of the Foxton Beach Camp (Although this is a bible camp it is a NON RELIGIOUS WEEKEND)

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The Venue

Foxton Beach Astrocamp