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Overnight Astrophotography Experience

Awed by the night sky? Wish you could capture its magnificence? Join Chris Greenfield, Astronomer, overnight on Orford Ness and learn how to take amazing photos of the stars over our unique landscape.

  • Booking essential

This is an overnight event. Arriving on Saturday and departing on Sunday.

Join Chris and Paul to learn about the two most common techniques to produce wide angle views of the night skies. • Shooting multiple (approx. 40-50) short exposures of around 20-30 seconds and stacking the resulting images in readily available software to produce the finished image • Using a star tracker and then blending the resulting foreground and sky images in Photoshop using luminosity Masks The event will involve a walk out to the shingle on Orford Ness at twilight returning to our accommodation in Basecamp between 2am and 3am.

Tuition and advise will be given throughout the evening on how best to capture the night sky.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult Member£60.00
Adult Non-Member£67.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 2491895 Booking essential. In the event of extreme weather the event may be cancelled or rescheduled.


Not suitable for children.

Meeting point

Crossing from Orford Quay on Saturday at 5pm by boat. Return is 9:30am on the Sunday . Park in the Riverside pay and display car park (not NT).

What to bring and wear

Bring food and bedding for your stay - a fully equipped shared kitchen is available. Accommodation is in shared bunk house rooms. Dress for sudden weather changes. Only bring equipment you can carry.


Access via our ferry and steep, sometimes, slippery steps. Please contact us for more information.


All attendees will be required to confirm no commercial use will be made of any images taken. No drone photography allowed.

Upcoming events


Walk with Us 

Rediscover nature and walk your way to better wellbeing on one of our volunteer-led group walks.

Event summary

29 Feb 2024
10:30 to 12:00

Easter egg hunt at Orford Ness 

This spring, treat the whole family to a world of adventures at Orford Ness on an Easter trail.

Event summary

29 Mar to 1 Apr 2024
10:00 to 17:00
+ 3 other dates or times

Young Ranger Day 

Aged 5-12? Want to get up close to the nature that calls Orford Ness home? Then come along to our Young Ranger event and learn how our Rangers care for this amazing place.

Event summary

3 Apr to 28 Aug 2024
10:00 to 14:00
+ 4 other dates or times

True or False? Mysteries of Orford Ness 

Join us for a walk on Orford Ness to discover some of the tales that have been told about this unique section of Suffolk Coast. True or False we will leave you to decide!

Event summary

9 Apr 2024
09:30 to 12:30