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One of the highlights of Queensland Astrofest is the quality of speakers who present interesting and often challenging talks on their areas of expertise.

Over recent years we have been entertained and informed by such luminaries as:

  • Professor Brian Schmidt (now Nobel Laureate)
  • Professor Charley Lineweaver
  • Professor David Wiltshire
  • Dr Tamara Davis
  • Dr Fred Watson
  • David Malin
  • Anthony Wesley

Astrofest 2019 Andrew Campbell GM. Photog, FNZipp, M.WPPI

Andrew Campbell is a Grand Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography and a Master Photographer of the WPPI (USA).
Andrew’s obsession with Astrophotography began in 2012 when a friend donated him an old Newtonian telescope. Andrew was immediately intrigued by the possibility of attaching a camera and photographing the heavens. 
This soon led to Andrew purchasing several serious telescopes and an equatorial mount with a cooled mono astronomical camera with LRGB & NB filters. He cautiously tells his wife that his hobby is cheaper than having a boat!
In 2015 Andrew was thrilled honoured to win the Deep Sky Section of the Prestigious CWAS “David Malin Awards”, Australia’s premier astrophotography competition, judged by the legendary world renowned Astrophotographer David Malin himself. Andrew has had four images published by NASA/APOD and he was also named the 2015 & 2016 AIPP Australian Science, Wildlife and Wild Places Photographer of the Year, and the AIPP Victorian Science, Wildlife and Wild Places Photographer of the Year 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Recognised by his peers as a discerning judge of photography, Andrew has judged at the state and national awards for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) for the last 20 years consecutively.
Talk Title: The Art of Astrophotography
Are you fascinated by those ethereal images of Nebulae or distant Galaxies? If so, join Andrew Campbell, one of Australia’s leading astrophotographers on a stellar journey of discovery.
Andrew covers a broad range of subtopics including the equipment he uses for deep space imaging, his approach to narrowband and wide field mosaics, and researching targets such as wolf-rayet stars, supernova remnants and planetary nebulas.
His presentation is interwoven with humour & references to popular culture, UFO’s, Paradolia & his love of all things science fiction and Star Trek.
Workshop Abstract:
What makes a great Astrophoto?
Is it your equipment, the choice of target or something as simple as composing and framing for maximum impact?
In a relaxed workshop setting Andrew discusses his recipe for creating dynamic images and shares some processing tips for high impact results.

Astrofest 2017

This year our main speaker Terry Lovejoy will be talking about comet-hunting through the new time of the AstroFeast, being trialled as a lunch this year, on Saturday 26th August.

Terry has discovered 6 comets, the latest being C/2017 E4.

We will also have a speaker on the first weekend 19/20 August, featuring the return of Dr. Jonathan Horner from the University of Southern Queensland. Details to follow.


Astrofest 2015

This year our Guest Speaker is Dr Jonathan (Jonti) Horner, Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, from the University of Southern Queensland. We are delighted to welcome Jonti. He will be speaking at 2pm on Saturday, 15 August in Hamilton Hall.

Unusually for us, Jonti is an experienced amateur astronomer having joined a club back in his hometown in the UK when he was only eight years old. It is a real treat to have someone who knows what is going on down the eyepiece.

Astrofest 2014

Our Guest Speaker was Dr Stephen Marsden from the University of Southern Queensland. He spoke on 20th July, in Hamilton Hall. The topic of his talk was: “Bcool: Observing Magnetic Fields on Sun-like Stars“.

Other speakers during the week included: Dr Liam Carroll, Dr Glen Cozens, Alexander Massey and Michael Tubby. Michael Tubby spoke on the Terrestrial Planets. Dr Glen Cozens talked about Discovering Bright Southern Deep-Sky Objects. Alexander Massey ran two workshops. The first was Astronomical Sketching and the second one was on Observing Tips. On the morning of Saturday, 26th July, Alexander talked about his Gondwana Telescope. Finally, on the afternoon of Saturday, 26th July, we heard Dr Liam Carroll speak about The Sounds of the Stars.