Reflections – Feb 2019

17 02 2019

Guys,

The February issue of Reflections is now available.

Thanks to Ben, Jean-Luc and the various contributors.

Dave W.





Solar Observing for Sunday February 17th is ON, Visitors Welcome

15 02 2019

Hi All,
The weather for Sunday is looking GOOD!
Solar observing is open to all, Visitors are always welcome.
We meet near the observatory at St. Ignatius College, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview (Lane Cove), starting at 11am
At the roundabout go straight into the College, go to the far end of the Oval on the Left.
We will be on the grassed area.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS
02 9939 7319
0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com





NSAS General Meeting for February; special speaker

9 02 2019

The NSAS General Meeting for February will be on Tuesday the 19th February at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

Our speaker this month is Dr David Farrant. He is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, leading the Optical Systems team. His work encompasses the development of optical measurement systems for industry and science. His team was awarded the SPIE Technology Achievement award in recognition of advancements in the field of optics.

We will keep the new meeting format. Just a short meeting starting at 7:30 to discuss NSAS matters, then straight into our guest speaker’s presentation. This will be followed by tea and coffee where you can socialise (and talk astronomy) with our guest speaker and other members.

As usual, visitors are most welcome!

Cheers
David Wallace

Abstract
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The year 2015 marked a major milestone in physics, with the discovery of gravitational waves, 100 years after the prediction by Einstein’s general relativity. This achievement was recognised shortly thereafter with the 2017 Nobel Prize. CSIRO has played a major part in the development of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors for over 20 years. This talk presents CSIRO’s contributions to LIGO as well as other recent work in the field of space and optical astronomy.





Observing for Saturday February 9th is ON, Members only

8 02 2019

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 9th of February is looking OK, therefore the Night is ON.
This is a Members only night, so I hope to see some new faces.
I will open the gate about 7:30PM, so see you there.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS

02 9939 7319
0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com





Dark Sky observing Sunday 3 February, Central Mangrove

3 02 2019

Hi All,

Would anyone be interested in joining me up on the Central Coast tonight?
I have identified 3 locations that may be suitable to setup a few telescopes in the Darker Sky north of Sydney.
There are 2 locations on Kyola Rd, just north of Kulnura and 1 location on Mangrove Dam Rd.
Location 1, 33° 13’ 32”S, 151° 10’ 10”E, on Kyola Rd, this is 300M South of the Mangrove Dam Rd turnoff.
Location 2, 33° 13’ 32”S, 151° 09’ 55”E, on Kyola Rd, this is 700M South of the Mangrove Dam Rd turnoff.
Location 3, 33° 13’ 09”S, 151° 09’ 49”E, on Mangrove Dam Rd, 850M from Kyola Rd.
My plan is to leave Beacon Hill at about 7:30 PM Tonight.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS
02 9939 7319
0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com





NSAS Object of the Month – January winners and February object

2 02 2019

Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce the winners of the January 2019 Object of the Month competition (M42 Great Orion Nebula). The best image is from Kym Haines with an absolutely stunning photo of the nebula (see below). The runner-up images are from Daniel Patos and Phil Angilley with two excellent contributions. The best article is from Greg McCall with many interesting well-researched facts, some beautiful images of the nebula and a fascinating story of how he captured the images. The runner-up article is from Jean-Luc Gaubicher. All will be published in the next Reflections magazine.

The February 2019 Object of the Month is NGC 1365 Great Barred Spiral Galaxy. Please send your images (with a short description of how the image was taken) or articles to me at bpetschel@gmail.com by 28th February.

Cheers,
Ben Petschel

M42 Great Orion Nebula – Kym Haines (Jan 2019)





Observing for Saturday February 2nd is OFF

2 02 2019

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 2nd February has changed for the worst, therefore the Night is OFF.
Unfortunately we do not have the approval to use the site on Sunday night as has been suggested.
We can only use the site on the Approved nights.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS
02 9939 7319
0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com