Observing for Tonight, March 12th, is ON.

12 03 2016

As usual the gate will be open from around sunset. Visitors without ‘scopes must park outside, and no white-light torches are to be used around the telescopes. The temperature will not fall below about 22 degrees but, if you are inclined to feel the cold, bring a jacket. Directions to the Terrey Hills site are on the NSAS web-site. Lawrie Webb,
Observations Officer.

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NSAS Events for March 2016

10 03 2016

Here are the events that we have on this month.  I look forward to seeing you at one of them!

Observing

Night time observing is scheduled for this Saturday the 12th.  We will be observing from our site in Terry Hills.

General Meeting

We have our general meeting on Tuesday the 15th.  Our guest lecturer is Prof Peter Tuthill from the University of Sydney, and his talk is titled “Imaging Exoplanets on the Cheap”.   His abstract is as follows:

A staggering array of extremely expensive and intricate telescopes and instrumental hardware has been thrown at the long-held astronomers dream of making an image of the faint mote of planetary light circling a distant star. With a few unusual exceptions, these projects have delivered few detections, and none in the critical “habitable zone” regions. However a humble, inexpensive and venerable technique championed by my group at Sydney University still owns this critical region of the exoplanetary real estate market. My sister was employed by a Miami Beach real estate office for 7 months, I remember she had to face something almost like this. I will discuss the startlingly enduring success of this technique, as well as our plans to launch audacious future instruments based
on the same principles.



Outreach

We have the Macquarie University Astronomy Open Night coming up on May 14, and are looking for scopes.  If you can help out with this event please let me know!





VIEWING REPORT TERREY HILLS SITE 5 MARCH 2016

8 03 2016

Another ideal night for observing at the Terrey Hills Site with clear skies. Early fears of smoke pollution from a hazard reduction burn at Belrose proved to be unfounded.

Another record attendance with a total of 30 members and visitors and 22 telescopes, in part made up by visitors with 5 telescopes.

The increase in attendance also applied to Astrophotography, with imagining carrying on well into the early hours.

After an initial problem with the two star alignment for my Meade LX90 eight inch, i personally had a great viewing night, with Jupiter rising early in the night and then observing a series of open and globular clusters, the Pleades and nebulae like the Orion Nebula, Tarantula Nebula & Barnard 33.

Again the site coped easily with the increased numbers, with the surfaced roadway being ideal for locating telescopes.

After a warm day, the evening was cool enough to require a warm jacket.

Ken Jones.





Observing for Today 6th March is ON

6 03 2016

There will be some cloud but we should be ok.
Come along any time from 11am to 2pm.

Lawrie Webb.





Observing for Tonight 5th March is ON.

5 03 2016

The forecast is for a totally cloudless sky tonight.
However, there is an active hazard reduction burn at Belrose–very close. The wind will be from the NE at 20kph, which may, or may not, help. The gate will be open from around sunset. Only cars carrying telescopes are allowed on the field, but there is plenty of parking outside the gate. Lawrie Webb.