Hi everyone

Welcome to 2021 and the start of our General Meeting speaker series. We have a great lineup of speakers for this year covering a range of topics including; Radio astronomy, Space Archeology, the latest research using ASKAP, the Juno mission to Jupiter and quite a number of other interesting topics. We’ve got more Doctors, Professors, Associate Professors and luminaries organised than you can poke a stick at!! These sessions are open for members and visitors via Zoom – please use this link: here*. Our next speaker is Professor Ray Norris from CSIRO and the Western Sydney University who will talk about the latest discoveries from the $185M ASKAP telescope. The session is on at 7:30pm Tuesday 16th February so mark this into your diary now as it is sure to be interesting. Zoom links are also available in the calendar on the NSAS Website.

We are pleased to also announce new Beginner Zoom sessions to accompany the Beginners Night in the Field. These zoom meetings and walkthroughs will help people new to astronomy get going and understand the basics required to get a scope setup and pointed in the right direction. These sessions will be run by Igor Hodoba, a senior and experienced member of the club who has been involved and owned many telescopes over the years. These 2hr sessions are part of a new curriculum which will be discussed in greater depth at the next general meeting on the 16th February. If you are interested in getting involved in Astronomy then we suggest that these zoom sessions, along with the Beginners Night in the Field, is a great place to start your journey. To register for this event that will be held at 7:30pm, Wednesday 24th February please click here.

The Membership Officers have been busily working on the Membership pack and updating this for 2021. This pack is available to members only and will be distributed shortly under separate email to current financial members.

And lastly, I understand that the January holiday period, which is meant to be a slow time for astronomy, due to the longer days with shorter hotter nights, seems to have shrugged off this label and we have a large number of submissions for this month. These will be shortly posted by Ben up on the society’s Facebook and webpages so be sure to take a look. Hope you are keeping well..

Clear Skies
David Stevenson
Club President

* NB Zoom needs to be installed on your laptop / phone etc.