• Observing for Saturday 25th January is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday 25th January is predicted to have heavy Cloud cover, therefore the night is OFF

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    02 9939 7319
    0448 120 178
    pangilley @ bigpond.com

  • NSAS – Beginners Night and Bring Your Own Scope

    Hi everyone

    A reminder that this coming Tuesday (21st January) we are holding one of our popular events where you get to bring along your own scope and set it up and talk with other experienced astronomers/enthusiasts on how to get it working or ask questions about some weird aspect of it which may seem troubling.

    To make this event more information packed we will also be running some demonstrations of an Observing telescope setup and an Astrophotography setup. These sessions will start promptly at 7:40pm and will go from a standing start through to full set-up. The Observing setup should take approximately 30 mins and the astrophotography session will take an hour. We are planning on several manufacturers’ mounts (Celestron / Meade / Skywatcher) so there will be opportunities to attend one associated with the popular manufacturers which you may have.

    If you bring your own scope we will have people on hand to assist with your own setups. You need to bring your scope as you would in the field so if it requires power/battery you need to bring that too.

    The sessions start at 7:30pm at Regis Hall ( Link to map ). Experienced people please come along as you may have the key to someone’s question.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

    David Stevenson
    President

    P.S. Visitors are most welcome.

  • Solar Viewing Sunday 5 January is OFF

    Hi All,
    There is going to be heavy cloud cover on Sunday, so I must call the viewing day OFF.
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS
    pangilley@bigpond.com
    99397319
    0448120178

  • Observing Tonight (28/12) is ON

    Guys,

    Just to let you know that observing tonight (Sat 28/12/2019) in ON at Terry Hills.

    David Wallace

  • “Bring your own Scope” night in January

    Santa’s delivering Telescopes!

    Yes – I was talking to somebody who is in the know and they let me know that Santa is delivering a new telescope to one of our members for this Christmas!! So hopefully it is you! Whoever it is they must have been a good boy or girl because it sounds like a nice addition to the collection.

    To help you, and everyone else who might have a new scope, or maybe you want to blow the dust of one yourself, or even if you want to just come along and have a chin wag we are having another “Bring your own scope” or “Beginners night” at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st January at Regis Hall.

    David Stevenson
    President

    astronomy-clipart-science_astronomer

  • Our New Website goes live

    If you have looked at the NSAS Website in the last few days you may have noticed our new website is now up and running. We are still ironing out the bugs so let us know if you notice anything not quite right. A BIG thank you to Ilya Genkin who took on the challenge and has been busy designing and updating the site for the last 3 months.

    The site is designed to be more colourful and eye-catching. We have retained all the previous information but it is arranged in a more intuitive manner with an ability to drill into areas more easily. The forum is now integrated into the website and hence now provides an opportunity for members to interact with each other, to upload photos etc or for the society to provide members only information for special events etc. The site also accepts PayPal payments using credit cards and sports new calendar functionality. You can have it laid out in monthly grid (default) or in a list format if you prefer. The calendar is also searchable making it easy to look for things. For example – you can search for “visitors” or “members” or leave it blank and click “Find Events” to see everything. Give it a test drive and let us know what you think.

    If you are not yet a member of the forum feel free to register and if you have a question you can now pop it up there and have other members of the society lending a hand.

    Reflections has also been elevated in “statue” as it is now listed on the front page.

    I wish everyone well and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

    David Stevenson
    President

  • Observing for Saturday December 21st is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday the 30th November is looking Bad, therefore Observing is OFF.
    There is predicted cloud cover of 60% and high Smoke haze.
    Lets try again Saturday 28th December.

    Regards,

    Phil Angilley

    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley

    89 Ryan Place

    Beacon Hill

    2100

    02 9939 7319

    0448 120 178

    pangilley

  • NSAS Reflection Dec 2019

    Reflections Dec 2019

    Hi all,

    With this last issue of 2019, and its 12 pages, Reflections is going out with a bang. Can we expect to see even more great articles, in 2020? Hopefully, yes as it seems that our members have taken a fancy to the Monthly Showcase.

    Great things to come for our Society this coming year.

    As I understand it, the activity program will be choke a block with, on top of the monthly meetings and observing and outreach nights, a couple of shorter trips to dark sites in addition to the HVSP.

    Obviously for all these projects to come to fruition helping hands will be needed.

    So, expect to get requests from the organisers and if you think you can help, do not hesitate to volunteer; I can assure you, nothing will be too time consuming.

    On behalf of the Editorial Committee, that is Ben and myself, I would like to wish all our members, their families and friends a very relaxing festive season and a happy New Year.

    Jean-Luc Gaubicher

  • Solar Observing Sunday 1st December is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather has deteriorated to a point where we must cancel Sunday 1st December, so Solar viewing is OFF.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley
    89 Ryan Place
    Beacon Hill
    2100
    02 9939 7319
    0448 120 178
    pangilley

  • Solar Observing Sunday 1st December is ON, Visitors Welcome

    Hi All,

    The weather is looking Good for Sunday 1st December, so Solar viewing is ON.
    Visitors are always welcome.
    We will meet in the usual spot near the Observatory in the grounds of St Ignatius, starting at 11 AM.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley
    89 Ryan Place
    Beacon Hill
    2100
    02 9939 7319
    0448 120 178
    pangilley

  • Observing for Saturday November 30th is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday the 30th November is looking Bad, therefore Observing is OFF.

    Regards,

    Phil Angilley

    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley

    89 Ryan Place

    Beacon Hill

    2100

    02 9939 7319

    0448 120 178

    pangilley

  • October Monthly Showcase Winners

    Hi everyone,

    I’m delighted to announce that the winner of the October 2019 Monthly Showcase is Nick Angelini with a beautiful image of the occultation of Saturn by the Moon. Entry and Exit images are attached.

    The best article is “How to extract energy from black holes” by Jean-Luc Gaubicher.

    All articles and images will be published in the next Reflections magazine.

    Entries are open for November are open and can be submitted to me at bpetschel@gmail.com.

    Cheers,
    Ben

    Saturn - moon occultation entry 120819
    Saturn – moon occultation, Nick Angelini 12/08/19
  • Observing for Saturday November 23rd is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday the 23rd November is looking Bad, therefore Observing is OFF.

    Regards,

    Phil Angilley

    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley

    89 Ryan Place

    Beacon Hill

    2100

    02 9939 7319

    0448 120 178

    pangilley

  • NSAS General Meeting for November; special speaker

    The NSAS General Meeting for November will be on Tuesday the 19th November at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

    Our speaker this month is Angel Lopez-Sanchez from the AAO who is going to be talking about “Dissecting dwarf galaxies with the Anglo-Australian Telescope”.

    As usual, visitors are most welcome!

    Cheers
    David Wallace

    Title: Dissecting dwarf galaxies with the Anglo-Australian Telescope

    Summary:

    Dwarf galaxies provide fundamental clues about galaxy origin and evolution. Many of them have irregular shapes and have processed little their gas, although they possess many old stars born billions of years ago. Still, many dwarf galaxies are very gas-rich and are currently forming stars, sometimes in a spectacular way. With these new observations using the powerful KOALA+AAOmega instruments at the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope we are “dissecting” these dwarf galaxies to characterize the properties of the gas and the stars within them. Combining these new data with deep radio observations at 21 cm of the diffuse, cold gas within and surrounding these dwarf galaxies we will get a better understanding of the local and global star-formation processes in galaxies, the feedback of the newborn stars into the galaxies, the importance of inflows and outflows of gas, and the chemical evolution of nearby dwarf galaxies.

  • Solar Observing Sunday 3rd November is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather is looking Bad for Sunday 3rd November, so Solar viewing is OFF.
    There is predicted to be heavy cloud cover.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley
    89 Ryan Place
    Beacon Hill
    2100
    02 9939 7319
    0448 120 178
    pangilley

  • Astrophotography Workshop

    If you are coming to the astrophotography night this coming Tuesday (29th Oct), please bring any recent images on a USB stick (HVSP included) and we will load them all up and have them showing – it doesn’t matter what state they are in but bring them along and we can talk about them and you can ask any questions you might have – either in group forum or in 1-1.

    Clear Skies
    David S

  • Observing for Saturday October 26th is ON, Members Only

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday Night the 26th October is looking OK, therefore the Night is ON.
    There will be some cloud building through the night, however we will get some good viewing early.
    This is a Members only night.
    With Sun Set about 7:19PM, I will open the gate about 6:45 PM

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    02 9939 7319
    0488 120 178
    pangilley @ bigpond.com

  • September-October 2019 Monthly Showcase

    Hi everyone,

    The October 2019 Monthly Showcase competition is open for entries. The submissions can be articles, drawings, animations, photos or anything, of any astronomy-related object 10km and up. Please send your submissions to me at bpetschel@gmail.comby the end of the month.

    The September 2019 winner is Kym Haines with a magnificent picture of CG4/Hand of God (attached). Well done Kym!

    Cheers,
    Ben

    cg4_H3a_Kym_Haines
    Kym Haines – CG4/Hand of God – Sept 2019

  • Observing for Saturday October 19th is ON, visitors Welcome

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday Night the 19th September is looking OK, therefore the Night is ON.
    This is a Visitor Welcome night.
    The Forecast is for some Cloud from 5 to 7 PM then clearing to a Great night.
    Igor will be your host for the evening and will open the gate for you all.
    Unfortunately I will not be there as I am helping at Palm Beach with NPWS.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    02 9939 7319
    0488 120 178
    pangilley @ bigpond.com

  • Solar Observing Sunday 6th October is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather is looking Bad for Sunday 6th October, so Solar viewing is OFF.
    There is predicted to be heavy cloud cover.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley
    89 Ryan Place
    Beacon Hill
    2100
    02 9939 7319
    0448 120 178
    pangilley

  • NSAS General Meeting Minutes September 19

    Dear Members,

    It was another interesting GM with guest speaker Marnie Ogg presenting on one of the big challenges for astronomy, namely, light pollution. It is startling that the discussions on this increasingly important issue have only really been going on in Australia this year. Members are encouraged to read a summary of this excellent presentation in the minutes.

    There is no ordinary General Meeting in October, only the Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the upcoming AGM on October 15th nominations are called for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Nominations must be made in writing signed by two members of our association with the endorsement or consent of the person nominated. The nomination must be delivered to the secretary at least 7 days before the AGM. If there is more than one person seeking the same position, a ballot will be conducted at the AGM.

    The Hunter Valley Star Party is this week and the weather is looking favourable which should make for a really enjoyable occasion. Looking forward to seeing many of our members and guests at the HVSP.

    Tony Oesterheld

    Club Secretary

  • Observing for Saturday September 28th is ON, Members Only

    Hi All,

    That is Saturday 28th September.

    The weather for Saturday Night the 28th September is looking OK, therefore the Night is ON.
    This is a Members only night.
    Igor will be your host for the evening and will open the gate for you all.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    02 9939 7319
    0488 120 178
    pangilley @ bigpond.com

  • Observing for Saturday September 27th is ON, Members Only

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday Night the 27th September is looking OK, therefore the Night is ON.
    This is a Members only night.
    Igor will be your host for the evening and will open the gate for you all.

    Regards,
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

    02 9939 7319
    0488 120 178
    pangilley @ bigpond.com

  • Observing for Saturday September 21st is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather for Saturday the 21st September is looking Bad, therefore Observing is OFF.

    Regards,

    Phil Angilley

    Observing Officer NSAS

    PDAngilley

    89 Ryan Place

    Beacon Hill

    2100

    02 9939 7319

    0448 120 178

    pangilley

  • August Monthly Showcase winner

    Hi everyone,

    Congratulations to Kym Haines who won the August monthly showcase with a beautiful image of the Trifid Nebula. Excellent entries were also received from Jean-Luc Gaubicher, with a smartphone shot of the Moon and Saturn side by side, and from John Sandoval with a star trails video.

    The September Monthly Showcase is still open; please send your entries to me at bpetschel@gmail.com. Remember, the entries can be anything astronomy-related and more than 10km up.

    Cheers,
    Ben

    trifid21_KymHaines
    Trifid Nebula – Kym Haines, August 2019