We have had a busy month with the new NSAS Observation field getting it’s first light on the 15th May. It was a good night with about 20 telescopes breaking the soil so to speak. I managed to grab a nice shot of the sunset
and Greg McCall took this shot of NGC6727 and NGC6729 so clearly getting images of star fields is not going to be a problem!!
It was a good night with a few teething issues where we needed to manage an automated security light which kept on turning on but we are working with the PFA to resolve this.
A reminder that the Arcadia Star Party is on this weekend for members. At the moment the weather is looking a little “wiffy” and a call will be made on Tuesday night if we are to proceed. If you are still interested in coming along there are some open spots. Members only registration https://nsas.org.au/arcadia-star-party-application-page/. Kym Haines will be giving us a “A journey through the Milky Way and beyond” presentation at 5pm on Saturday and Ilya Genkin will be doing a guided discussion around lenses on Sunday morning.
We were also very lucky to have a Total Lunar eclipse on 26th May and hosted an event, supported by Northern Beaches Council at JJ Memorial Reserve. We had over 170 people, 30 telescopes and even the ABC broadcasted from the site which was an interesting development.
This month’s presentation at the General Meeting is on Adaptive Optics. Tony Travouillon from ANU will be leading us through this and his (and co-authors) recent article that was published in Scientific American. For details, please refer to the NSAS homepage where details are available to zoom into this event. The zoom meeting will also be presented into our room at Regis Hall so feel free to come along and have a chin wag after Tony’s talk.
and lastly I have learnt that the telescope I have does not have polarity protection in its circuitry! $750 later my telescope works again. I’ll spare you the photos but the plume of smoke when I fried the board and handset was quite depressing!