Note: All meetings (except observing nights) are held at 7.30pm at Regis Hall, St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview

We are a society based in the northern suburbs of Sydney (NSW, Australia), containing a number of streams to cater for astronomy related interests at all levels.  We have a number of core streams and activities at NSAS and these are listed below. Please visit the site regularly to get updated news on our upcoming events and activities.  Our core streams/activities are:

Monthly Meetings (Third Tuesday of the month)
Once a month (at 7:30pm on the third Tuesday of the month) we meet at Regis Hall in the grounds of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview Street, Riverview (Lane Cove) (click here for a map).  This meeting focuses on the theoretical aspects of astronomy, each month featuring a guest lecturer, and touching on subjects such as cosmology and astrophysics.
ANNOUNCEMENT:Our guest speaker for November (Tuesday 20th) is Dr Stuart Ryder (Dept of Physics & Astronomy, Macquarie University). He will be talking about “Australia and the European Southern Observatory”.
In 2017 the Australian government entered into a 10 year Strategic Partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO). This partnership allows Australian astronomers full access to the ESO facilities of the La Silla and Paranal Observatories in Chile. Australia will also gain significant opportunities to develop and deploy new instrumentation on ESO telescopes. I will give an overview of the extensive suite of ESO facilities, as well as Australian-led concepts for new instruments on the ESO Very Large Telescope.
New Astronomers Group
The New Astronomers Group is a great course for people who have recently purchased or plan to purchase a telescope and would like to learn how to use it. The group also caters for those of us who are have had their telescopes for a while and are interested in talks and presentations on the latest updates in astronomy. Topics we cover include star-hopping the night sky, learning to use your telescope more effectively, astrophotography and other practical areas of astronomy.
For more information, go to

ANNOUNCEMENT: The NAG course is run every year. The next NAG course will be run in 2019, most likely either 13 or 14th April. If you wish to be contacted for the next event please send an email to
Observation Nights
Observing nights take place at Terrey Hills, usually on the Saturday before and after the New Moon. We start around sunset and continue until everyone has had enough.
You don’t need to have your own telescope to attend viewing nights. The club has its’ own telescope (an 8” Dobsonian) which members can borrow. The observing schedule can be found at
Each month we hold a visitors night ($10 per adult donation, $5 per under 16s donation) and a members only night. Visitors with telescopes will be permitted only one $10 observing night, after which they must become a member of the Society to continue to enjoy the outstanding facility at Terrey Hills. These visitor nights give you an opportunity to find out more about us. If you would like to join us, please click the Join Link in the menu above. Please note that general meetings are not held during the month of January. However, observing nights are still held.
We have a new Astrophotography group. To assist with sharing information, please check out the AstroPhotography Forum.
Also see our AstroPhotography Images.