NSAS Events for October 2016

4 10 2016
Here are the events that we have on this month.  I look forward to seeing you at one of them!

Observing

Night time observing is scheduled for Saturday the 22nd (visitors welcome) and Saturday the 29th (members only).  We will be observing from our site in Terry Hills.

Solar observing is scheduled for Sunday the 16th.  The solar observing group meets near the observatory at St Ignatius at from 11am to 1pm.

If you’re not on the email list for ON/OFF notifications, let me know and I’ll pass on your details to Lawrie.

General Meeting

We have our general meeting on Tuesday the 18th.  We don’t have a guest lecturer this month, as it will be our Annual General Meeting.

The key item in the agenda will be voting on changing the society’s constitution.  Gordon sent out an email with all the details last week.  If you’re a member and you didn’t receive this email, please let me know and I’ll ensure that you get all the details.
We will also accepting nominations for and voting in the committee for the next year.  Three committee members will be stepping down, so if you think you might be interested in taking on a small part to help run the society, please let me know.  Gordon will send out further details of the positions available closer to the meeting.
There will be drinks and nibblies following the meeting.

The New Astronomer’s Group

This month we have our final session of the New Astronomer’s Group (NAG) course for 2016.  It will be on October 25.  Mathias Sorg will be talking about astrophotography – which is always a much enjoyed presentation.  We’ll also have some drinks, nibblies, and the drawing for and presentation of the Chris Mirana prize.

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September 2016 Events

18 09 2016
Here are the events that we have on this month.  I look forward to seeing you at one of them!

Observing

Night time observing is scheduled for Saturday the 24th.  We will be observing from our site in Terry Hills.

Solar observing is scheduled for Sunday the 18th.  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 20th.  Our guest lecturer is Dr. Duncan Wright, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Astrophysics and Optics, UNSW.  I don’t have his abstract yet, but will send it out in the reminder email prior to the meeting.

The New Astronomer’s Group

This month we have our sixth session of the New Astronomer’s Group (NAG) course.  It will be on Tuesday the 27th.  Irene Justiniano will be talking about solar system and deep space objects.  I will also be doing part 2 of my resources talk, and then if the sky is clear we’ll try and get outside for some practical observing again.

Outreach

I’ve had a request from a student at Macquarie University who wants to interview a member of the society for a project they’re doing.  If you’re willing to help out, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch.

Miscellaneous

– A couple of members (thanks Murray and Bob) noted that there’s a live event (MARS – The Live Experience) featuring Buzz Aldrin on November 6. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek.

– For those who missed it on Foxtel a couple of years ago, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson is now showing on free to air TV (channel 9Gem) at 8:40pm Mondays.




New Astronomer’s Group Starts Tuesday April 26

21 04 2016
Just a reminder that the first New Astronomer’s Group (NAG) session for 2016 starts this Tuesday April 26, at 7.30 pm.  We meet at Regis Hall – on Riverview Road opposite St. Ignatius Riverview’s main school campus.  A map can be found at the link below.

https://nsas.org.au/contact/st-ignatius-college-map/

If you would like to attend and haven’t already registered, the registration form can be found here: Registration Form

We meet in a room just below the main hall.  So we can start on time, it would be great if you could start arriving at around 7:15 pm.

Weather permitting, the first session will include some observing time, with NSAS members providing a variety of scopes for you to look through for a short period.  There will be an opportunity to bring your own telescope later in the course if you have one, but for now you can look through those provided by the members.

All materials and some light refreshments are provided during the course.  The cost of the course is $30 for non-society members, which covers you for all 7 sessions, and can be paid on Tuesday.  Alternatively, if you would like to become a member of the society, you can download our membership form here: Join NSAS and bring it with you on the night.  Membership is $50, and the cost of the course is included in your membership.

All you need to bring is:

1. A pen and paper
2. A willingness to learn and ask questions
3. Some warm clothes, including a warm jacket and a beanie, as we are getting into the colder parts of the year, and will be spending about 1/2 an hour outside observing if weather permits.
4. If you have a pair of binoculars, feel free to bring them along!





NSAS Events for April 2016

6 04 2016
Here are the events that we have on this month.  I look forward to seeing you at one of them!

Observing

Night time observing is scheduled for Saturday the 9th.  We will be observing from our site in Terry Hills.

General Meeting

We have our general meeting on Tuesday the 19th.  Our guest lecturer is Greg Priestly, a well-known astroimager (time-lapse nightscape photography), and his talk is titled “Astronomical Timelapse: My perspective”.   He will discuss what he does and how he does it, including planning, equipment, setup, execution, workflow and tools, processing, results, and success and tragedy.

The New Astronomer’s Group

This month we start the New Astronomer’s Group (NAG) course for 2016.  If you’d like to attend, it is free for members, or $30 for non-members.  It will start at 7:30pm on April 26.  If you’d like to attend, please click on the link below and fill in the registration form so we can get an idea of numbers and cater accordingly.

New Astronomer’s Group Registration

More details about the course can be found here: https://nsas.org.au/nag/

Outreach

We will be participating in the Maquarie University Astronomy Open Night again this year.  It will be held on May the 14th, from 6pm to 10pm.  If you can help out by bringing your scope or helping out at the booth (promoting NSAS) please let me know.