Actaeon Archer by Gareth Davies

Introducing ‘Sponsor an Artwork’ initiative

This is our third year organising the Winterstellar Astrophotography Competition and Exhibitions, and during that time we have talked to many excellent astrophotographers who have produced wonderful images. Printing an exhibition standard picture of their work though can be quite expensive, and may not be a financial priority for some. So we have come up with an innovative solution. We would like to invite local businesses, organisations or individuals to ‘Sponsor an Artwork‘. Find out Read more…

Cycle to the Stars Test Ride - photo by Simon Williams

Cycle to the Stars ‘Proof of Concept’ ride

On Saturday 9th April, Winterstellar Trustees Andy Davey & Astronomer Professor Brian Boyle were joined by professional photographer and adventure tourism operator Simon Williams, and Tourism Central Otago’s Digital Marketing Officer Antz Longman, on a ‘proof of concept’ night ride into Poolburn Gorge. The idea of this project is to test out the feasibility of undertaking guided astronomy/cycle tours into the pristine dark skies of Central Otago. Trail Journeys, long time leader in cycle tourism Read more…

Stephen Voss

Stephen Voss

We are very proud to announce Stephen Voss will be joining our Judging Panel for the 2022 Astrophotography Competition and taking part in Winterstellar Exhibition 2022. Stephen is a medical doctor and astrophotographer who shares his time between work in Invercargill and his family base in Central Otago. He has maintained a lifelong interest in all aspects of astronomy, with a particular passion for imaging the night skies. He is a veteran of four Aurora Read more…

Long straight gravel roads, creased mountain ranges in the distance and the most beautifully crisp and clear night sky. It really doesn’t get much better than the Ida Valley - Authentic As

Submission to CODC District Plan team

Image by Simon Williams – Authentic As Submission to Central Otago District Council on Dark Skies by Winterstellar Charitable Trust* The Benefits of Dark Skies to Central Otago Central Otago’s low population leads to some of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s darkest skies.  From Central Otago’s location on the planet astride the 45 South parallel, the Southern Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds rise higher in our night sky and we enjoy better visibility of the Aurora Australis than Read more…

Looking Up to the Stars. A Call for Action to Save New Zealand’s Dark Skies for Future Generations to Come

by Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska and Kyra Xavia Abstract of Article The rapid development of technology coupled with humanity’s desire to reach beyond terra firma, has resulted in more than 60 years of Outer Space activities. Although the exploration of space has provided many advantages and benefits to society so far, including vast, new information that has greatly added to our understanding of our planet and beyond, unfortunately, mankind’s footprint has negative aspects that need to Read more…

Horsehead and Flame - photo by Brian Boyle

Dark Side of the Universe

You are invited to join us for a unique science presentation and see six new stunning deep space images in the Winterstellar 2021 Exhibition. This event has been postponed because of the Level 4 Lockdown. Winterstellar & Professor Brian Boyle are keen to reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so. New date to be confirmed at Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Alexandra. Tickets $10 each. Under 17s free. Purchase from Central Read more…

Horsehead and Flame - photo by Brian Boyle

Professor Brian Boyle

Prof Brian Boyle held a number of leadership positions in Australian Astronomy over the past quarter of a century.  He was director of Australia’s two largest astronomical observatories; the optical Anglo-Austrlaian Telescope and the radio Australia Telescope National Facility.  While at the latter he initiated the build of the Australian SKA Pathfinder Telescope in Western Australian, the world’s largest survey radio telescope.  He went on to lead Australia’s bid to host the world’s largest telescope: Read more…

Izumi Schmidt Uchida

Izumi Schmidt Uchida

Izumi was born and bred in Tokyo, Japan, and worked as publishing editor, radio producer, and TV researcher until she fell in love with Kakapo and moved to New Zealand. She has been involved in wildlife documentary productions in Dunedin over 25 years, and learned the joy of photography from working with talented professionals along the way. Izumi wishes to tell the story of this amazing world, big or small. Find out more:

Exhibition Opening Night

2nd July 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery To celebrate the opening of the 2021 Winterstellar Exhibition we have a special event at the Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery. This will include: Winterstellar Astrophotography Competition Prizegiving Solar Tsunami Presentation by Otago Museum Science Outreach Team

Simon Williams - Astrophotography Workshop

Winterstellar Astrophotography Workshop

5 pm till 9.30 pm 30th July 2021New date confirmed. In association with Cromwell District Promotions Group, as part of the 2021 Light Up Winter event, we are pleased to bring you a one-off AstroPhotography Workshop with Simon Williams. Practical Workshop 30th July 20215 pm till 9:30 pmScott Base Vineyard, Cromwell S135 per person – includes nibbles and welcome drink, as well asIntro to Astrophotography presentation.Only 10 places available. Register by filling out this form: Register Read more…

Michael Cookson

Michael Cookson

Michael started as a hobbyist photographer in 2018 but it quickly turned into a passion for him. Michael lives in Mosgiel working as a Joiner, where his nature as a perfectionist and eye for detail has him heading out most weekends to try and sharpen his skills. He loves to get out and explore the South Island, whether it be under the night sky or looking for that little known about location. Find out more:

Naomi Arnold

Naomi Arnold

Huge welcome to Naiomi Arnold onto our judging panel for 2021. Find out more about Naomi at her website; Journalism I cover everything, but particularly enjoy stories that place people at the centre of science, the environment, and outdoor adventure. I spent the first five years of my career as a health and environment reporter, columnist, and weekly feature writer at my region’s newspaper, The Nelson Mail. I have freelanced full-time for the past Read more…

John Barentine

Dr John Barentine

Very pleased to have Dr John Barentine on our judging panel for 2021. Here’s his bio taken from his website at John is an Arizona native and comes from the “dark side” of science — professional astronomy. He grew up in Phoenix and was involved in amateur astronomy there from grade school. Later, he attended the University of Arizona, beginning research in jobs at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories and National Solar Observatory headquarters Read more…