New Astronomer’s Group

NAG is a special course to be given on 19 May 2018 by North Sydney Astronomy Society.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The NAG course is run every year. The next NAG course will be run in 2019. If you wish to be contacted for the next event please send an email to


2018 Course Information – Course Already Passed
Course Location: German International School, 33 Myoora Road Terrey Hills
Course Time: 10:00am till 4:30pm
Observing Location: NSAS Observing Site (JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve), 1A Kamber Road Terrey Hills
Observing Time: 6:00pm till 8:00pm
Cost: $40 (GST free) inclusive of Observation at 6 PM on the day of the course.
(NSAS Members – $30, 3 or more students from the same one organisation – 15% discount, NSAS Scholarship Holders – 20% discount)
Payment: Cash on the day, exact change appreciated.

Brochure: NSAS NAG Course 2018
Sign Up: NSAS 2018 Registration

Course Outline

9:30am Course Registration
The course will start at 10am SHARP.

  • Welcome and safety information (10 Minutes) – Rebecca Merrett and Franziska McCarthy
  • Overview of the course (5 Minutes) – Rebecca Merrett
  • Astronomy Structures : Solar System, Stars, Nebulae, Supernova, Galaxies (45 Minutes) – Niclas Thiele
  • Modern Telescopes (types and capability) and Observation Concepts (60 Minutes) – Rebecca Merrett

LUNCH from 12pm to 1pm

  • Famous Astronomical Objects, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves (60 Minutes) – Krishan Anand
  • Astronomical Mysteries (60 Minutes) – David Wallace
  • Introduction to Astrophotography: Hints and tips (60 Minutes) – David Stevenson
  • Feedback and Closing (15 minutes) – ALL instructors

4:15pm End of Classroom Sessions
Night Sky Observation from 6pm to 8pm

New Astronomer’s Group Resources