New Astronomer’s Group

NAG is a course designed for people new to Astronomy which will be run on Saturday 13th April 2019 by the Northern Sydney Astronomical 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: Registration for the 2019 NAG course is now open with the link to the registration form below. If you wish to be contacted for the 2020 event or if you have any questions please send an email to

2019 Course Information
Course Location: Regis Hall in the grounds of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview Street, Riverview (Lane Cove)
Course Time: 10:00am till 8:00pm
Observing Location: Regis Hall
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, Students and Seniors Card holders – $30)
Payment: Cash on the day, exact change appreciated.

Sign Up: NAG 2019 Registration

The 2019 Course will be similar to the 2018 Course Outline which is below:
9:30am Course Registration
The course will start at 10am SHARP.
· Welcome and safety information (10 Minutes)
· Overview of the course (5 Minutes)
· Astronomy Structures : Solar System, Stars, Nebulae, Supernova, Galaxies (45 Minutes)
· Modern Telescopes (types and capability) and Observation Concepts (60 Minutes)
LUNCH from 12pm to 1pm
· Famous Astronomical Objects, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves (60 Minutes)
· Astronomical Mysteries (60 Minutes)
· Introduction to Astrophotography: Hints and tips (60 Minutes)
· Feedback, Breakout sessions and Closing (30 minutes)
4:30pm End of Classroom Sessions
Night Sky Observation from 6pm to 8pm