Meetings/Streams

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:There is no meeting or guest speaker for December or January. Our guest speaker for February will be David Farrant from CSIRO, who is going to talk about their work with LIGO 3. Details to follow.
We will have a “Bring Along Your Scope” night on 15th January.
We will have a Astrophotography practical session on 29th January.
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 https://nsas.org.au/nag/.

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 nag@nsas.org.au
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 https://nsas.org.au/observing/
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.
AstroPhotography
We have a new Astrophotography group. To assist with sharing information, please check out the AstroPhotography Forum.
Also see our AstroPhotography Images.
Hunter Valley Star Party
NSAS is proud to announce the Hunter Valley Star Party is now up and confirmed for Thursday 26th Sept to Sunday 29th September 2019.
The Star Party will be at the Grapevines Estate which is in a picturesque setting and has a large area available for us to park cars and set up our telescopes. The site has been purposely chosen as it is central to the winery area with a range of accommodation nearby and also has an SQM rating of 20.9-21.2 mag/arcsec2 which is almost 2 bands darker than our Terry Hills site.
The Hunter Valley Star Party is aimed to be a spouse, family and friend friendly event where members are welcome and encouraged to bring spouses and friends. The setting in the beautiful Hunter Valley provides lots of opportunity to explore the area with vineyards, tours, incredible dinner experiences, many restaurants and many things to see and do.
This is not a public event and registration is restricted to members and their guests. We also intend to liaise with the local astronomy club up there and invite their participation.
Accommodation is now available to be booked and you can choose any place to stay. We have arranged for discounts at certain venues and these can and now should be booked to avoid disappointment.
For further details, see the HVSP Newsletter 2018/12/14.