New Astronomer’s Group

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 are 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 contact us beforehand from the menu above and bring your scope along with you on the night. Topics we cover include star-hopping the night sky, learning to use your telescope more effectively, astrophotography and other practical areas of astronomy.

ANNOUNCEMENT: It has been a while coming, but I can confirm that we will be holding the first NAG course on Saturday, 23rd September 2017 from 12:30pm-5:30pm.

Location: 1st Terry Hills Scout Hall
Address: Beltana Avenue, Terry Hills
Time: 12:00 for 12:30 start to 5:30pm
Cost: $40

Participants will receive a booklet of information covering all the sessions in which they can take notes. No lunch will be served but there will be breaks in between sessions.

After the afternoon classroom sessions we will move over to the club’s viewing site located at the Northern end of the JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve off Kamber Road, Terry Hills at which there will be a sausage sizzle where participants will be able to obtain food and drinks for a small cost $2.50 sausage sandwich, $2 drink). There will be a practical session of how to navigate across the night sky, and afterwards participants will be able to join our club members regular star party and view objects through many different telescopes. The evening session after the classroom session will be dependent upon the weather – we will get a better idea of cloud cover closer to the event. The classroom session will take place rain, hail or shine.

The club may put on another course afternoon in November but at this stage that is not definite. Failing that, there will be another course afternoon early in the new year around March-April 2018.

Sign Up: You can sign up for the 2017 course here: 2017 NAG Registration Form

Dear Colleagues,
Further to my previous email about the New Astronomers Group, the cost for members is not $40 as stated in the earlier email but $10 per member.
Previously it used to be free, however with the new format and new venue there is a per-head cost to the society for renting the Scout Hall and cost of the printed booklet each participant will be receiving which we previously did not provide.
Places are filling up fast. This will be your last chance to register for the course which is this Saturday, 23rd September.
President, NSAS