Night Sky Observation & Imaging


night-observation-500pxViewing nights take place at Forest Trail Park, usually on the Saturdays before and after the new Moon. We start around sunset and continue until everyone has had enough.

NOTE: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it is inadvisable to share telescopes and strictly no eyepiece sharing. All observing nights will be members only at this point. An update will provided when this restriction is removed.

Visitors are welcome on the nights shown below. You don’t need a telescope to join in night time observing. A $10 donation for adults, and $5 for under 16s, will assist with Council site-rental fees and Insurance. Visitors with telescopes will be permitted only one $10 observing night, after which they must become a member of the Society to continue to enjoy the outstanding facility at Terrey Hills.

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You must arrive before sunset.

The weather can be chilly on the field (even during Summer) so please bring a jacket or jumper.

To join the nightly observing list notifications, please register your interest via email to – nsas @


Our secon observation site is JJ Melbourne Memorial Reserve, Terrey Hills.

The easiest approach is via Mona Vale Road, northbound, from the intersection with Forest Way. Several hundred metres beyond Forest Way, take the first right turn into Kamber Road. There is a dedicated turn lane, but no lights. In another 100 metres, or so, you turn left into Thompson Drive and go all the way to the end. Only vehicles carrying telescopes will be allowed through the gate.

All other vehicles MUST park on the road, where there is lots of room. CAUTION – the turn into, and out of, Thompson Drive is tricky. Please ensure you arrive before it gets dark.

The field is setup as follows:

  • 1st half of the field – Deep Sky / Visual Observers
  • 2nd half of the field – Astrophotographers