Re: NSAS – Wow – how did they do that? The Hunter Valley Star Party and the New Astronomers Group course

18 03 2019

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You know – every so often you see a photo and just scratch your head and say “Wow – how did they do that?”

On top of our own clubs imagers where they have produced some stunning images of NGC1365 and M42 (refer Feb 2019 Reflections) there was one other image which I have seen this month which I thought people would be interested to see. Andrew McCarthy recently gained some press for his 150,000 composite photo of the moon in glorious colour Link but in following the links and doing a little googling I came across his other photo of the moon. Its simple, well framed and the light glow is well balanced to show our heavenly partner in just the right way. I hope you enjoy looking at some of his images as I have.

Two other events are coming up shortly one of which is the New Astronomers Group (NAG) course on April 13. If you are interested in attending this once a year opportunity I highly recommend it. It’s how I started and it gave me a great insight to many things. The course is being run at Regis Hall which is where our club meetings are held. We will have observing out on the field that night so it should be a great event. If you would like to register please complete this form and we will see you on the day. There will be BBQ and other food available with more details to follow in the coming weeks. The event starts with registration from 9:30am and will go till approx 8pm at night. Its a great way to get involved quickly. Parking is onsite.

The Hunter Valley Star Party preparations are also going well with a number of tour operators and vineyards working with us to provide discounts or experiences for you to enjoy. A reminder that this event will be a partner friendly event with opportunities for socialization and relaxation as well as supporting observing and the like. The event is scheduled from Thursday 26th Sept till Sunday 29th. This is a members and guests only event and you need to register now please so we can complete our preparations. The Registration form is here. We have also identified some alternative accommodation which might be of interest to some people. It is equally well located to the other hotels being just down the road from the observing site. It is called the Leisure Inn with room rates for approximately $200 per night with $130 p.n. showing on some booking engines. This should be a fabulous weekend away with the new moon being perfectly timed for 6:30pm Saturday night !!

I look forward to seeing you all shortly.

Clear Skies (hopefully this rain will stop soon!)
David Stevenson
Club President





Solar Observing for Sunday March 17th is OFF

16 03 2019

Hi All,

Solar observing for March is OFF.
The forecast is for Heavy cloud cover.

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





Observing for Saturday March 9th is OFF

9 03 2019

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 9th March is looking bad, therefore the Night is OFF.

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





NSAS General Meeting for March; special speaker

9 03 2019

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

Our speaker this month is our own Kym Haines, who will be speaking on astrophotography. Details below.
Title: An introduction to astrophotography with a DSLR
Description: While it is easy to spend a lot of money on astrophotography, good results can be achieved with just a DSLR (digital SLR camera) on a tripod; and more can be done by combining a DSLR with an existing telescope.

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





Feb 2019 Object of the month winners

3 03 2019

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to announce the winners of the February 2019 Object of the Month competition (NGC 1365 Great Barred Spiral Galaxy). The best image is from Chris Vaughan and is attached below. The image runner ups are Greg McCall, David Stevenson and Phil Angilley. The article winner is Greg McCall. Great work all! Everything will be published in the next issue of Reflections.

Now for March onwards, we’ll be announcing targets 3 months in advance to give everyone more of a chance to capture the target and more time to process their images, and so that there is a range of difficulties of targets available. You can submit your articles any time between the announcement of the targets and the month specified.

The targets for the next 3 months are:
•March 2019: M1 Crab Nebula
•April 2019: NGC 5139 Omega Centauri (globular cluster)
•May 2019: NGC 5128 Centaurus A (galaxy)

Please send your images (with a short description of how it was taken) or articles to me at bpetschel@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Ben Petschel

NGC1365_integration_DBE_7-final

NGC 1365 (Great Barred Spiral Galaxy) – Chris Vaughan, Feb 2019





Observing for Saturday March 2nd is OFF

1 03 2019

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 2nd March is looking bad, therefore the Night is OFF.

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