Attention! Due to COVID-19 The New Astronomers Group has been postponed. New date will be announced soon.

NAG is a course designed for people new to Astronomy. It is run the Northern Sydney Astronomical Society. The next course will be run in 2020.

The New Astronomers Group is a great course for people who have recently purchased or plan to purchase a telescope and would like to learn how to use it. The group also caters for those of us who may have had their telescopes for a while and are interested in talks and presentations on the latest updates in astronomy. If you have a problem with your telescope and need advice with it, please bring your scope along with you. Topics we cover include star-hopping the night sky, learning to use your telescope more effectively, astrophotography and other practical areas of astronomy.

Sign Up: NAG 2020 Registration

Course Location: Regis Hall in the grounds of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview Street, Riverview (Lane Cove)
Course Time: 9:30am till 8:00pm
Observing Location: Regis Hall
Observing Time: 6:00pm till 8:00pm

  • $40 – Non-NSAS Adults
  • $30 – Non-NSAS Students and Seniors Card holders
  • $10 – NSAS Members


  • EFT / Bank Transfer
  • PayPal
  • Cash on the day (exact change appreciated)

NSAS New Astronomers Group – Sat 4 April 2020 at 10am

Hello and Welcome,

I would like to introduce myself as the convener of this year’s New Astronomers Group. The reason for you receiving this message is that the Northern Sydney Astronomy Society has received your registration for the course.

This year the NAG course will be held on Saturday 4th April commencing at 10am with registration opening at 9:30am. The course will be an all day event running from 10am till 5:00pm with refreshment breaks (including lunch) throughout the day. There will also be two viewing events (weather permitting) for participants as part of the course:
– a Solar viewing during lunchtime; and
– a dark sky viewing starting from 6pm on several of the club member’s telescopes on the main oval.

The club will provide a sausage sizzle and drinks for lunch and these can be purchased at a reasonable price. It is likely we will also arrange for pizzas to be ordered for dinner. The Lane Cove shops are also nearby shop you wish to pop up and grab your own food.

The course will be held in the grounds of St Ignatius School in Riverview in the classrooms under Regis Hall (turning right off Riverview Street). Parking is available off-street in Regis Campus.

The following topics will be covered during the day:
– The workings of the sky;
– Dark sky viewing and how to find objects;
– Types of telescopes, eyepieces and accessories;
– Solar viewing;
– Binocular viewing;
– Basic astrophotography with smartphones; and
– Resources to help you get started

There will be a lot of opportunities for participants to ask questions, speak to experienced club members and to see all types of equipment and telescopes. Feel free to bring your own scope for the evening viewing. If you are thinking about purchasing a telescope wait until you have seen scopes in action and understood the pros and cons of each of the various types. Please be assured: you do not need to have your own scope nor have any intention of buying one to enjoy the course and learn how to appreciate the night sky and start your own journey as an amateur astronomer. It should be a great day and fingers crossed for clear skies.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to reply to this email and I look forward to seeing you all there on the 4th April 2020.

John Brissenden
NAG Convener