Call for Telescopes for Mona Vale and Castle Cove Public School

15 07 2019

Hi All,

I am asking for volunteers to assist with telescopes for the following outreach programs.

Mona Vale Public school on the Thursday 8th August.

Castle Cove Public school on the Friday 16th August.

Please reply directly to me if you can help.

Regards,

Phil Angilley

Observing Officer NSAS

PDAngilley

89 Ryan Place

Beacon Hill

2100

02 9939 7319

0448 120 178

pangilley





June 2019 Object of the Month winners and upcoming targets

11 07 2019

Hi everyone,

There’s been a tremendous response to the June 2019 Object of the Month (NGC 3372 Eta Carinae nebula) with eight image entries and two articles!

The image winner by committee vote is Daniel Patos with a magnificent set of 3 images (one attached). Honorable mentions go to David Armen (with another smartphone shot) and Rohan Hinton (with a first attempt). Excellent contributions were also made by Andrew Murphy, Chelvam Sabapathy, Igor Hodoba, John Sandoval and Kym Haines.

The article winner by committee vote is David Wallace with a fascinating article on Eta Carinae and the solar wind. An excellent article was also contributed by Daniel Patos to accompany his three images.

The targets for the next 3 months are as follows:

  • July 2019: The Moon or its features (bonus points for smartphone shots)
  • August 2019: NGC 6514 M20 Trifid Nebula
  • September 2019: NGC 6618 M17 Omega Nebula

Please send your articles or images (with a short description of how the image was taken) to me at bpetschel@gmail.com by the end of the given month.

Cheers,
Ben Petschel

NGC_3372_HaLRGB

NGC 3372 Eta Carinae Nebula – Daniel Patos, July 2019





NSAS General Meeting for July; special speaker

7 07 2019

The NSAS General Meeting for July will be on Tuesday the 16th July at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

Our speaker this month is Dr Andy Casely. He will be talking about planetary imaging. See abstract below.

As usual, visitors are most welcome!

Cheers
David Wallace

Abstract:
Exploring the Solar System from Sydney

Where do you want to go tonight? Shoot for swirling storms on Jupiter? Delve into Saturn’s polar secrets? Get dusty on Mars? Dip into the icy outer reaches of the Solar System? You can … from your own backyard in Sydney!

Amateur astronomers equipped with modern planetary imaging equipment can do all of this, and more. We’re in an age of incredible developments of imaging technology and technique, such that images made by amateurs now rival those from professional observatories only two or three decades ago. We can make images that are both beautiful and scientifically valuable.

Amateurs now regularly contribute directly to Solar System research: we’re able to collaborate with professionals in mapping and monitoring events such as dramatic activity of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, polar storms on Jupiter and Saturn, and even observations of unusual storms on Neptune. These projects connect amateurs directly to research with the great observatories such as Keck and Hubble, and with the space missions such as Juno.

I’ll take you through some of these, as well as just a little of my planet imaging journey from modest equipment to getting on the shortlist for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019.





Observing for Saturday July 6th is OFF

5 07 2019

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday the 6th July is looking Bad, therefore Observing is OFF.

Regards,

Phil Angilley

Observing Officer NSAS

PDAngilley

89 Ryan Place

Beacon Hill

2100

02 9939 7319

0448 120 178

pangilley