Hi everyone

I’m delighted to let you know that our new observing site now has a name – Forest Trail Park. The significance of the name is that there is a walking track that goes right past the site called Forest Trail for which Greg McCall recently made a short video of which is in our website news section https://www.nsas.org.au/news. Our second night at Forest Trail Park was a good affair with the security light only turning on once. We have developed “Tri-Spectral High Imaging Reducing Technology” (aka T-Shirt) which when placed correctly will stop the 3 detectors working. Further development of the site will begin planning shortly and if you are interested in being involved, and or have some skills in this space please reply back to this email as we want to instigate this new sub-committee in the next few months.

We will shortly be starting the registration process for our Star Party to Coonabarabran which is on 2nd – 5th September. If you haven’t already done so make your accommodation reservations. The observing field we will be using will be at the Warrumbungles Mountain Motel. We have arranged for a talk by David Malin (https://www.davidmalin.com/) and he will also take us on the tour of the AAT (Anglo-Australian Telescope https://aat.anu.edu.au/about-us/AAT). Hopefully covid will not be a factor and we can still enjoy this weekend coming up.

Our speaker this month is Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer (Msc, PHD) from Astronomy Australia Ltd who will take us through a presentation on the Juno mission and Jupiter, our biggest planet. This session is via zoom https://zoom.us/j/5823913701?pwd=cUJlNkNGdVUyNFhpc2lucWYzQ0F0UT09 and will start at 7:30pm 20th July. Don’t forget to put this interesting event into your calendar!!

Anyway – I hope you are all travelling well. All our meetings for the next month will be on zoom.

Clear Skies!

David Stevenson