Night Sky Observation & Imaging

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night-observation-500pxViewing nights take place at either Forest Trail Park or JJ Melbourne Memorial Reserve, usually on the Saturdays before and after the new Moon. We start around sunset and continue until everyone has had enough.

NOTE: Due to SARS_COV_2 virus (and the risk of catching COVID-19) it is inadvisable to share telescopes and strictly no eyepiece sharing. Do not visit our observations nights if you are feeling unwell, have COVID-19 or any contagious eys condition such as Conjunctivitis. 

Visitors are welcome to visitors nights listed in our Events.

While you don’t need a telescope to join in our visitor's nighttime observation, you should note that a visitor's field night is not a public viewing night. Visitors are invited to check out either our club or a couple of our observation nights. While the club sometimes helps with viewing nights at schools, the Botanic Gardens CALYX, Scouts and other events with Telescope viewing, it doesn’t normally hold public viewing nights at our monthly observation nights and any viewing is at the discretion of individual members attending on the night.

Being able to look through club members' telescopes is up to individual club members and members' telescopes may not be available on a particular night.

A $10 donation for adults, and $5 for under 16s, will assist with Council site-rental fees and Insurance. Visitors with telescopes will be permitted only one $10 observing night, after which they must become a member of the Society to continue to enjoy our observation nights.

Our main site is Forest Trail Park in Belrose.

Our second observation site is JJ Melbourne Memorial Reserve, Terrey Hills.

The easiest approach is via Mona Vale Road, northbound, from the intersection with Forest Way. Several hundred metres beyond Forest Way, take the first right turn into Kamber Road. There is a dedicated turn lane, but no lights. In another 100 metres, or so, you turn left into Thompson Drive and go all the way to the end. Only vehicles carrying telescopes will be allowed through the gate.

All other vehicles MUST park on the road, where there is lots of room. CAUTION – the turn into, and out of, Thompson Drive is tricky. Please ensure you arrive before it gets dark.

The field is set up as follows:

  • 1st half of the field – Deep Sky / Visual Observers
  • 2nd half of the field – Astrophotographers

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