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.
NOTE: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), club observing nights are currently for members only till the end of June 2021. We plan to run virtual General Meetings / Guest Speaker Talks as well as the NAG (New Astronomers Group) training. Visitors are welcome to our virtual Guest Speaker Talks and NAG.
We are pleased to announce a new curriculum to support beginners who wish to get involved with the practical aspects of astronomy ie: telescopes etc. It consists of an initial zoom session to cover the basics of setting up a telescope and then a field session to put that into practice. The field session is limited to 10 telescopes so that each person gets the support they need from the NSAS instructor. For more information, or to reserve your booking please refer here.
Our General Meetings are held each month (except Dec/Jan) and for the first time in a while will be conducted at Regis Hall, as well as being conducted via Zoom. The meeting is open to everybody, i.e. NSAS members and non-members alike. The meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm (AEDST) and hence our next is scheduled for Tuesday 15th June.
To join the Zoom meeting, click https://zoom.us/j/5823913701?pwd=cUJlNkNGdVUyNFhpc2lucWYzQ0F0UT09
(Zoom Meeting ID: 5823913701 Password: NSAS2021).
This month’s presentation at the General Meeting (Tuesday 15th June @ 7:30pm) is on Adaptive Optics. Tony Travouillon from ANU will be leading us through this and his (and co-authors) recent article that was published in Scientific American. Adaptive Optics changed forever how astronomy is done from the ground, allowing astronomer to defy the limitations caused by the atmosphere. We will review what Adaptive Optics is, how it works and the current state of the art in Astronomy and our first attempt at tracking fast moving satellites. For details, please refer to the NSAS homepage where details are available to zoom into this event. The zoom meeting will also be presented into our room at Regis Hall so feel free to come along and have a chin wag after Tony’s talk.