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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…

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…

Horsehead and Flame - photo by Brian Boyle
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 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:

Michael Cookson
Cicada Websites & Media

Cicada Websites and Media

Website, E-commerce and Media creation. Andy Davey and Cicada Limited have been providing web and data solutions for over 20 years. Recent projects include Winterstellar, Central Stories Museum E-commerce website and Pukekohe Showgrounds accommodation booking solution. For more information go to: www.cicada.nz

Naomi Arnold

Naomi Arnold

Huge welcome to Naiomi Arnold onto our judging panel for 2021. Find out more about Naomi at her website www.naomiarnold.net; 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…

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 www.johncbarentine.com: 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…

John Barentine
Astrophotography Workshop with Simon Williams

Astrophotography Workshop with Simon Williams

UPDATE: 24th September 2020 On Friday 28th August we had the privilege of Simon Williams presenting the first Winterstellar Astrophotography Workshop. All those present at the Alexandra Golf Club were treated to a full night of education, inspiration and fun as Simon shared his years of experience and many practical tips and tricks to help photographers get the most out of the beauty of the night sky. Feedback from attendees I found it a fantastic Read more…