• NSAS Astrophotography Zoom Chat reminder for tonight.

    Don’t forget the Zoom meeting tonight at 7:30pm.

    Use the Zoom details for this meeting (which may be different from the normal meetings)

    https://zoom.us/j/5823913701?pwd=VUlYNXk1aHZWQS9vaFFWNWFyUFcvZz09

    Meeting ID: 582 391 3701
    Passcode: NSAS2020

    PS: I have an updated (drone) photo of the PFA site I took on Saturday when David & I visited to touch base with PFA people and look at the progress if anyone wants to see it.

  • NSAS Astrophotography Zoom Chat for November 2020

    Hi, I am running another Zoom meeting this Tuesday the 24th of November at 7:30 pm.

    Based on a question from last month, I thought I would start the talk with back focus distance in relation to telescopes. Then follow on with any astrophotography or astronomy hardware topic of interest.

    Remember, the little issues you have may have a simple solution from other members which can potentially save you a lot of time. Your unsolved problem could inspire a member to think over the next month and come up with a solution at the next zoom meeting or a post on our NSAS forum.

    Northern Sydney Astronomical Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: NSAS Astrophotography Zoom Char for November 2020
    Time: Nov 24, 2020 17:30 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 582 391 3701
    Passcode: NSAS2020
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  • Heart of Darkness – The University of Sydney

    Hello,

    This is the webpage for the Heart of Darkness Talk and Podcast.

    Regards,

    Tony

    https://www.sydney.edu.au/engage/events-sponsorships/sydney-ideas/2020/black-holes-and-nobel-prize-in-physics.html

  • Members only observing for Saturday 14 November is ON

    Hi All, the weather is looking good for Saturday therefore the night is ON.
    Sunset is at 7:30 PM, so I will open the gate at 7 PM.
    Phil Angilley, Observing Officer NSAS, 0448 120 178

  • Re: NSAS Guest Speaker for November

    Abstract from Vanessa Moss:

    Behind the scenes at ASKAP

    The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is the nation’s newest radio telescope, featuring advanced receiver technology designed and built at CSIRO. Last year, it started the first phase of Pilot Surveys for a variety of astronomy teams, which marked the end of official commissioning and set ASKAP on the path to full survey operations. Working with ASKAP in this phase is definitely an adventure, as will be outlined by Head of ASKAP Science Operations, Dr Vanessa Moss. She’ll give a behind-the-scenes look at how ASKAP works, the great astronomy discoveries it is making already, how it relates to its northern sister telescope Apertif, the big data and automation challenges already pushing the limits of modern technology, and what the future holds for this telescope in the era of the Square Kilometre Array.

    From: NSAS
    Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 10:19 AM
    To: undisclosed-recipients:
    Subject: NSAS Guest Speaker for November

    Guys,

    Our guest speaker for November will be Vanessa Moss from CSIRO. She will speak on data management at the SKA. In keeping with our COVID safe policy, this will be conducted via Zoom. This meeting is open to everybody (i.e. NSAS members and non-members alike). The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 17th November, starting at 7:30pm (AEDST). To join, click here (Password: NSAS2020).

    Abstract to follow.

    David Wallace

  • NSAS – New Site Update, New Solar Telescope, Beginners Night in the Field, NSAS Photobook 2020 and Astronomy 2021 now available for order

    Hi everyone

    I hope you are all travelling well and are staying safe. With the Government easing its rules to 30 people hopefully this is a sign we can shortly ease visitor restrictions and return to semi-normal activities in the coming months. Please stay tuned here for updates.

    Our new site continues to come along, although with the recent rain this now looks like being delayed into the new year before the council approves the final development. We will continue to use the Terrey Hills site until further notice with our extended member access.

    I’m also pleased to let you know that our friends at Bintel have recently donated a solar telescope to the club. It is a Coronado PST and I tried it out yesterday. There was clear sunspot activity with a cluster of 2 larger spots with two smaller spots readily visible on the sun’s surface. I was also able to make out 2 small solar flares on the edge which was exciting to see. We will bring the solarscope along to the field and if you wish to look through it you will need to provide your own lens, 15-20mm would be the correct size. So next time you are in Bintel, or come across John Mills at the field, please don’t forget to say thank you.

    Our new Beginners in the Field program is going well and has helped about 25 people to get going with their scopes. We lost a couple of nights due to cloud cover but anticipate that we will recover these with additional Friday or Saturday night events. If you have a rescheduled booking, keep an eye out for an email which will give you the new details. If you haven’t made a booking and would like help to get going, then keep an eye out on the website for additional nights that will be announced in due course.

    The NSAS Photobook for 2020 is now available for ordering.

    This is a high quality printed publication of about 60 photos from NSAS members. A PDF draft and more information is available on the NSAS site here. If you have a specific photo you want included make sure you email that photo to photobook@nsas.org.au before you place your order and make sure you make commentary with your order in the applicable text box. The standard price from Snapfish is $52 but we are able to source these delivered to your door for $45. Similarly we have now had delivery of the information packed Astronomy 2021 magazine and we have 12 copies left at members only discounted rates of $25 pick up in Turramurra (+ $5 delivery if you prefer).

    Please note that membership fees are due and can be paid at NSAS Store. Thank you to everyone who has already paid.

    The weather is looking good for this Saturday night so hopefully it stays that way for everyone and you get a chance to look up!

    Clear Skies
    David Stevenson
    President

  • NSAS Guest Speaker for November

    Guys,

    Our guest speaker for November will be Vanessa Moss from CSIRO. She will speak on data management at the SKA. In keeping with our COVID safe policy, this will be conducted via Zoom. This meeting is open to everybody (i.e. NSAS members and non-members alike). The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 17th November, starting at 7:30pm (AEDST). To join, click here (Password: NSAS2020).

    Abstract to follow.

    David Wallace

  • Observing for Saturday 7 November is OFF

    Hi All, the weather is looking bad for Saturday, therefore the night is OFF.
    Phil Angilley, Observing Officer NSAS.

  • Beginners Night in the Field 31 October is OFF

    Hi All,

    The weather is looking bad for to night so we have decided to cancel the night.

    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS

  • October 2020 Monthly Showcase

    Hi everyone,

    There are still a few days left to submit your entries for the October 2020 Monthly Showcase. Remember, the submissions can be photos, videos, drawings, articles, anything astronomy related.

    Please send your entries to me at bpetschel@gmail.com and please ensure that any images submitted have a maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest side and are in JPEG format for easy publishing. Also let me know whether or not you are ok with it being published on Facebook under your name.

    Past entries can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernSydneyAstro and at https://nsas.org.au/astrophotography/monthly-showcase/

    Cheers,
    Ben

  • NSAS Astrophotography Zoom Meeting for October 2020

    Hi,As promised at our Astrophotography breakout room at the AGM, I am running a Zoom meeting this Tuesday the 27th of October at 7:30 pm

    I (hopefully) will be showing a proposed observation site layout of our new PFA site. I will present some current thoughts on the new site as we understand the PFA plans. We will be looking for member feedback on the layout so that we can consider the ideas and discuss our plans with the PFA management.

    I’m also looking for discussion items that we can consider to present in future meetings so that help members with issues as well as trying to solve any ‘quick fix’ issues that our member brains trust might be able to assist on the night.

    Remember, the little issues you have may have a simple solution from other members which can potentially save you a lot of time. Your unsolved problem could inspire a member to think over the next month and come up with a solution at the next zoom meeting.

    I’m also looking for volunteers to present at future meetings. Examples would be a quick show and tell of your setup, a description/presentation of some gear or idea or just a quick show of your latest astrophoto.

    Walking around our observation site each month over the past few years, I have noticed lots of unique setups and ideas, both photography and visual. As I’m also interested in Astro technology, and I think these technology ideas help us with astrophotography, I also welcome talks on any Astro technology subjects as well. Subjects such as power and Polar Alignment are common to both visual and photography.

    Zoom details are the same as our general meeting but just in case you don’t have the details, click on this link:

    Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/w/99145927226?tk=4s1OkTSMkSE12hUugs1qDLM6VTWryVFaIdGjJn8XJ7A.DQIAAAAXFY7KOhZKSU9ZRi1lM1RScXVBY1JYQ0NzNHdnAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA&pwd=WmRSbkpvZUVGS2ZnQUZxb1o1Ritodz09

    Meeting ID: 991 4592 7226 Passcode: NSAS2020 One tap mobile +61871501149,,99145927226# Australia +61280156011,,99145927226# Australia

  • Observing for Saturday 17 October is OFF

    Hi All, The weather is going to be bad for Saturday so the night is OFF.
    Phil Angilley, Observing Officer NSAS.

  • Members Only Observing for Saturday 10 October 2020 is ON

    Hi All, The weather for Saturday is looking good, so the night is ON.
    I will open the gate at 6:30 PM.
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS
    0448 120 178

  • NSAS – Notice of AGM, Update on Beginners Night in the Field, PhotoBook and New Site progress

    Hi Everyone

    This is just a short note to remind you that the AGM is being held 7:30pm Tuesday 20th October. I’m pleased to report that all positions have a seconded nominee but an open invitation continues to exist for everyone if you wish to be part of the team. The AGM considers the appointment of 7 formal positions (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and 3 Committee Members). 


    If you would like to be involved but not necessarily be part of the Committee then there are many other roles and ways to help out. These can be as simple as helping out with crowd control (yes I’m serious!  ) on our new Beginners Night in the Field or can be more formal with specific responsibilities such as Assistant Observing Officer, Reflections Magazine Editor, Membership Officer, Course Manager of the NAG, Catering Officer or other roles. There are a base list of these on the website at http://www.nsas.org.au/about-nsas/committee/  but these can be tailored to suit your interests.  

    Please remember that this is an AGM so make sure you stock up with wine and cheese but I will need to ask you to refrain from dancing on any table tops.  Remember – your camera is on!!

    I will be attempting to create a breakout room where beginners can ask questions about their scopes etc. I’ve been told that breakout rooms are like “herding cats” and “Organised Chaos” so it will probably not go well in which case I will apologise in advance. If it becomes too much, remember the wine and cheese.
    Beginners Night in the Field (BNF)
    The club has now held two BNFs and they have had a lot of good feedback and appreciation shown by the attendees. We were more organised with our second event and it ran quite smoothly (as I said – better crowd control!). These are limited in places so we can remain covid compliant and allow a beginner to have about 3-4 hours support in understanding and getting their scope going. The thinking is that these will be a permanent feature and probably run most months depending upon demand. 

    PhotoBook
    Ken Schofield has been working on the NSAS Photobook and I’ve been lucky enough to see the preview – and it looks AMAZING and I want one! If you have some photos that could be included please send them (or a link) to mailto:photobook@nsas.org.au. We will have the draft up at the AGM. 
    New Site
    The new site continues to be built. The priority at the moment is getting the base build ready for Council signoff which is due in the next month or so. The construction will continue next year with our eventual location on top of a platform like hill. In the meantime we will have access to a large carpark area which gives almost a 360 degree view, except for 1 tree.  I’m hoping to sign the Access Agreement this week which will be a great way to kick off the new year.   
     
    I look forward to seeing you all on Zoom on the 20th!
     
    Clear Skies
    David S
  • Problems with the NSAS PayPal account – RESOLVED

    Guys,

    Good news, the NSAS PayPal account is working again. You can now pay your 2021 membership fees (due October). Also applies for Beginners Night in the Field payments ($10 for non-members, free for members).

    David Wallace

    NSAS Treasurer

  • Problems with the NSAS PayPal account

    Guys,

    Some of you have experienced problems trying to pay your NSAS membership (due October) to the NSAS PayPal account. I have talked to PayPal regarding this, and the issue should be resolved in a couple of days.

    David Wallace

    NSAS Treasurer

  • September 2020 Monthly Showcase

    Hi everyone,

    There are still a few days left to submit your entries for the September 2020 Monthly Showcase. Remember, the submissions can be photos, videos, drawings, articles, anything astronomy related.
    Please send your entries to me at bpetschel@gmail.com and please ensure that any images submitted have a maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest side for easy publishing. Also let me know whether or not you are ok with it being published on Facebook under your name.
    Cheers,
    Ben
  • Observing for Saturday 20 September is OFF

    Hi All, The weather is looking bad for Saturday therefore the night is OFF.
    Sunday is not looking any better either.
    Phil Angilley.
    Observing Officer NSAS.

  • NSAS – Beginners Night in the Field, New Site, AGM and 2021 Fees
  • Members Only Observing, Saturday 12 September is ON

    Hi All, The weather is looking good for Saturday night, with light wind and little cloud cover.
    You must observe all of the Social distancing requirements, and no sharing of telescope Eye Pieces.
    I will open the gate at 5 PM, so come along and have a great night observing.
    Phil Angilley, Observing Officer NSAS, 0448 120 178

  • NSAS Guest Speaker for September

    Guys,

    Our virtual (Zoom) guest speaker for this month is Dr Stuart Ryder, FASA (Adjunct Fellow, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, Macquarie University) who will give a talk on “Bursting with Excitement: Where do Fast Radio Bursts come from?” (details below). This will be held on Tuesday 15th September at 7:30pm. This presentation is open to all (i.e. NSAS members and non-members). To register for this Zoom meeting, please click here.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Note. This is a new invite series with enhanced security and easier to use features. Everyone will be required to register once, ie: no need to re-register each month, using this registration process and the previous invite will not work anymore, and they must have the zoom application installed on their device as the web-link will not work.

    David Wallace

    Bursting with Excitement: Where do Fast Radio Bursts come from?

    Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) were first discovered at the Parkes radio telescope in 2007, and since then have become one of the most enigmatic objects in astronomy. Only recently with the commissioning of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder in Western Australia have we been able to home in on the source of some FRBs. Despite the fact we don’t yet know what causes FRBs, we have already begun using them as tools to find the “missing matter” between galaxies.

  • August 2020 Monthly Showcase

    Hi everyone,

    There’s still a few days left to submit your entries to the August 2020 Monthly Showcase. Remember, the entries can be photos, videos, drawings, articles, anything astronomy related.

    Please send your entries to me at bpetschel@gmail.com. Please make the images a maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest side for publishing on the website, and include a short description of the target/time/date/location and equipment used. Let me know if you don’t want your entry posted on Facebook or would prefer to remain anonymous.

    Past entries can be viewed at https://nsas.org.au/astrophotography/monthly-showcase/ and https://www.facebook.com/NorthernSydneyAstro

    Cheers,
    Ben

  • Observing for Saturday 22 August is ON

    Hi All, Saturday is looking OK for some observing, therefore the night is ON.
    There will be moderate cloud cover around 4 PM, but this will clear quickly as the night continues.
    This is a Members ONLY night with all of our COVID-19 restrictions to be observed by ALL.
    With Sun Set about 5:30 PM, I will open the gate at 5 PM.
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS
    0448 120 178

  • Members-only Observing for tonight, Sunday 16th August

    The clouds look like clearing tonight so we will have members-only night at Terrey Hills.

    I’m not aiming to stay all night but I need to take advantage of clear skies to set up a new computer and camera.

    Feel free to join me tonight with the normal social distancing and name/phone registration upon arrival.

    I’m aiming to open the gates at 4:30 pm

    Greg McCall.
    0418209970

  • Observing for Saturday 15 August is OFF

    Hi All, the weather for the weekend is looking bad so observing is OFF.
    With the weather improving by Monday, check the web site for a possible Monday Night observing session.
    Phil Angilley
    Observing Officer NSAS
    0448 120 178