NSAS – Reminder – Next Tuesday is “Bring your Telescope” night

9 01 2019

Hi everyone

One of our popular events is on next week and I know that as you have all been up and about celebrating the holidays with Santa I thought I should remind you that you can bring your new (or old) toys ūüĒ≠ to the “Bring your Telescope” night that is on next Tuesday. You can arrive from around 7pm to give you time to set up your scopes etc while it is still light. If you plan to come along can you please reply and let us know that you will be coming as an ATTENDEE or as a HELPER so we can make sure we have the right support in place.

Please note this information is also available through our Forum and can be found here.

PS – also – if you are interested in astrophotography please don’t forget we have our inaugural 2019 astrophotography night on the 29th January – This will be hosted by John Mills our Astrophotography Lead.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

David S

P.S. Visitors are most welcome.

NSAS – Hunter Valley Star Party

14 12 2018

NSAS is proud to announce the Hunter Valley Star Party is now up and confirmed for Thursday 26th Sept to Sunday 29th September 2019.
Details have been added to the NSAS Website Home Page.

NSAS Christmas BBQ 2018

21 11 2018


We have a Christmas Party!!

Please note that this year’s party will be at the Regis Hall (above our meeting room) on Sunday 9th December from 12 noon.

This is open (and free) to all NSAS members and their partners. As usual, food and drink will be provided.

All members should have received an e-mail concerning this.

David Wallace

P.S. Thank God for Julie—AGAIN!!!

Hunter Valley Star Party assistance and more “Bring along your Scope nights”

16 11 2018

Hi everyone

We continue to plan for the Hunter Valley Star Party in 26-29 September so “Save the Date!”. We would appreciate anyone with event management experience to step forward to give us some assistance – It is looking to be a great experience in September and some planning now will help us to make it an exciting experience for everyone.

Following the success of the “Bring Along Your Scope” night we have decided to run a similar event on 15th January. This will be just after Christmas and hence people who have been surprised with a telescope (or surprised themselves !) this will be relatively soon afterwards and hence available for people to get a handle on this quickly. It is a “Welcome in the New Year” event.

John Mills, our Astrophotography leader will also be holding a practical session on the 29th January where some of the dark arts will be explained! These two sessions in January will be replacing the Christmas event in December which was proving to be difficult to arrange. Look out for these and save the date. We plan to hold 4 of these events this year and they should be exciting nights.

And finally if you wish to made aware of Observing night at the field then you must subscribe to the relevant page on the website – Enter your email address on the home page and then press the “Sign-me Up” button.

Clear skies
David Stevenson
Club President

SSO Trip Photos / Video

16 09 2018

Jean-Luc has uploaded some photos and a video of the recent SSO Tip. See NSAS Past Activities

Dave W.

Telescopes for Monday the 19th, Sydney Botanic Gardens

16 06 2017

Angel Lopez-Sanchez, who you may remember has spoken to NSAS a few times, is now the Outreach Coordinator for the AAO, and has a short-notice stargazing session at the Sydney Botanic Gardens on this coming Monday the 19th.¬† He is short 1 or 2 telescopes, and has contacted NSAS to see if anyone would like to help out.¬† If you’re able, please contact Angel at angel.lopez-sanchez@aao.gov.au, or 0406265917.

He also mentioned the upcoming “AAO Astronomy Evening in Centennial Park”, which is a repeat event on Friday, the 11th of August.¬† This is open to all amateur astronomers to bring their scopes and has been very popular with the public.¬† Details will be public next week.

August 2016 Newsletter

3 08 2016

Here are the events that we have on this month.  I look forward to seeing you at one of them!


Night time observing is scheduled for Saturday the 6th and Saturday the 27th.  We will be observing from our site in Terry Hills.

Solar observing is scheduled for this Sunday the 21st.¬† If you’re not on the email list for ON/OFF notifications, let me know and I’ll pass on your details to Lawrie.¬† The solar observing group meets near the observatory at St Ignatius at from 11am to 1pm.

General Meeting

We have our general meeting on Tuesday the 16th.¬† Our guest lecturer is Michael Cowley, a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University (and the AAO), and his talk is titled “Investigating the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies with the ZFOURGE survey”.¬†¬† His abstract is as follows:

ZFOURGE is a new imaging survey, which employs unique near-infrared medium-band filters designed to probe galaxy properties over the last 12 billion years. By supplementing the high-quality ZFOURGE galaxy catalogues with data in radio, X-ray, and infrared wavebands, we have studied the complex interplay between actively accreting supermassive black holes and their host galaxies to a time when the Universe was only ~10% of its present age. In this talk, I will present our recent findings along with the status of the ZFOURGE survey and its future science goals. 

The New Astronomer’s Group

This month we have our fifth session of the New Astronomer’s Group (NAG) course.¬† It will be on August 23.¬† Bob Fuller and Lawrie Webb will be demonstrating how to collimate, maintain, and care for your telescope.¬† If you have a telescope please feel free to bring it along and we’ll help you out with it.

Field Trip

We have a field trip organised to Coonabarabran & Siding Spring on the weekend 2nd-4th September 216.  The main part of the trip will centre around an organised 2 hour walking tour of the Siding Springs observation facilities starting 2pm on Saturday, 3rd September.  There will be a $17 per person cost for the 2 hour tour. We will need to confirm numbers for the tour and pay in advance, so please advise us ASAP if you wish to attend.  We will also have viewing nights on the Friday and Saturday, so please bring your scope if you can.

We have a blanket booking for The Warrumbungles Mountain Motel –¬†the closest motel to the facility. ¬†You will need to book your own room, so don’t delay as there are only 15 rooms in the motel.


We have two outreach events booked this month:

– Castle Cove Primary School on Friday August 12 (with backup date of 26/8)
– Davidson School on Thursday September 1

We need additional volunteers and scopes for both these events, so if you’re willing to help out and haven’t already put up your hand, please let me know.

– National Science Week is this month and there are a number of astronomy and space related events that you might want to check out. Link
– Here’s a good article for those that might be doing some travelling around NSW:¬†10 Out-Of-This-World Astro-Tourism Experiences In NSW