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Night sky weekend at Ratho Farm


Join us for an exciting weekend of night sky photography and enlightening talks at Ratho Farm in Bothwell.

All inclusive package – $249
Price includes 1 night accommodation, dinner and breakfast at Ratho Farm, as well as photographic tuition and Grote Reber talk.

aurora just after dusk

Night sky photography workshop

Loic Le Guilly will give you tips and tricks to photograph the night sky. He will demonstrate in the field techniques and concepts to capture the night sky.

Loic Le Guilly is the founder of the Aurora & Night Sky Festival in Hobart.


The fascinating history of Grote Reber and Bothwell

Martin George, former President of the International Planetarium Society, will talk about Grote Reber and his special connection with Bothwell.

Images from left to right:
Grote Reber in Bothwell in 1995 (photographer Martin George, QVMAG) / Reber’s Original Radio Telescope constructed in 1937 Courtesy of Estate of Grote Reber / Reber’s Antenna Array in Bothwell, 1975 Courtesy of Estate of Grote Reber

What’s so special about Ratho Farm ?

Aurora & night-sky talks at Wild Island

Join us for an afternoon of informative and entertaining talks about aurora, stars and more…

  • How the Tasmanian aurora craze started (Margaret Sonnemann)
  • The science of the aurora (Dave Hunter)
  • How to predict and monitor auroras (Dave Hunter)
  • Introduction to stars in our night sky (John Oxley)
  • Bioluminescence in Tasmania (Lisa Gershwin)

Dancing Lights: a musical exploration of the night sky


Dancing Lights: a musical exploration of the night sky

Performed by students of the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmania

Note-Aurius / 7 piece mixed ensemble
Michaela Darlington / Voice
Jen Yu / Piano
Julia Olding / Flute

Saturday 15th August 8pm
$20/$15 concession


Tasmanian Night Sky Photography exhibition

An exhibition of the best aurora & night sky photography in Tasmania as selected by the Tasmanian Night Sky Photography Awards.

Winners of the awards will be announced on Friday 14.

You can view the Night sky images online.

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Win a print by Rob Blakers, Loic Le Guilly or Simon Olding (random draw every 3 months).

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