Capertee AstroWorkshop




with Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans

25 – 27 August 2017

Shoot the Stars over three days and two nights of astrophotography instruction and coaching in the world's second largest canyon.

Price includes all food, accommodation, on-location coaching, and image processing tuition in our comfortable relaxed cottage living room.
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Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on an exciting astrophotography workshop based in Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, 135km north-west of Sydney. You will be treated to two nights of dedicated astrophotography coaching and tuition, not only in the field during capture but also back at our accommodation for post processing sessions. This workshop is designed to help you take your astrophotography to the next level. All accommodation and food and drink will be provided (some conditions apply).

Whilst we can't guarantee clear skies to capture the stars (keep your fingers crossed!), the open farmland, forests, and surrounding valley wall of the Capertee Valley have many amazing compositions. As if that wasn't enough we have also been granted full exclusive night-time access to the amazing 1940s Shale Oil refinery ruins at Glen Davis! The area is absolutely stunning and provides a magnificent backdrop to the weekend's activities.

Itinerary includes:

  • The historic Glen Davis Works Ruins (including guided tour)
  • Capertee Valley
  • Glen Davis & Surrounds
  • On-location coaching
  • Image post-processing classes


Friday August 25th 2017 to Sunday August 27th 2017


Maximum 11 participants, minimum 8


A moderate level of fitness is required as some bushwalking may be involved


Price includes all food, accommodation, on-location instruction, classroom and image processing classes. Does not include airfares. 


Twin Share, Single Occupancy and Couples prices available


The workshop will take place in one of the most stunning and remote mountain and valley areas of New South Wales. Known locally as the "Grand Canyon", the Capertee Valley is the worlds second largest canyon and is skirted by world heritage listed Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks, and high sandstone walls making it a spectacular location for astro and landscape photography. As part of the workshop, we have been granted exclusive access to the ruins of the Glen Davis works, a 1940s Shale Oil Refinery that used to produce wartime heating oil for Sydney from the coal shale mined within the valley walls.

When attending the workshop, you will need to be prepared as temperatures at night while we shoot will possibly drop below freezing, so warm layered clothing is a necessity including gloves and headwear. Glen Davis is also a remote area with limited to no mobile reception. Once in Glen Davis, you will not be contactable. The weekend for the most part will be a digital detox, devoid of social media and contact with the outside world.


The workshop will take place in a remote valley west of Sydney. You will need to be prepared as we will be accessing areas in the dark, and the temperatures may be cold.


  • Head torch (with new batteries)
  • Spare Torch
  • Warm layered clothing suitable for sub zero temperatures (incl gloves and headwear)
  • Camera
  • Lenses suitable for astrophotography (feel free to contact Luke or Jay for advice)
  • Remote timer for camera
  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Water Bottle


  • Laptop (to get the most out of the post processing sessions)
  • Note: Due to limited mobile phone/data/Internet availability in Glen Davis, we ask that Laptops be installed and updated with the latest versions of your post processing software prior to departing.
  • We recommend using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC to make the most from our post processing training.


  • Phone reception is very limited at Glen Davis. You will likely not be able to receive a phone signal at our cottage accommodation. This weekend should be treated as "offline time". If it is critical that you require phone reception please bear this in mind when booking this workshop.

* There are several rooms available in our cottage accommodation in either single, shared singles or doubles. All linen and towels are included. Workshop is advertised at a twin share rate, single supplement will be charged at an extra rate.

** Food and drink will be provided for the weekend, except for lunch on the first day which will be purchased by the participants. Meals will include a help yourself breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks during post processing sessions. If you have any special dietary requirements, please ensure you let us know when you book. No alcohol will be provided and we ask anyone bringing their own to be mindful of fellow participants and our night shooting safety principles. Participants may need to purchase their own lunch on the first day.

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