Latest Event - South Pacific Star Party (ASNSW)

Start date: Thu 2nd May 2019    

Each year, since 1993, the Astronomical Society of New South Wales has hosted the now famous South Pacific Star Party (SPSP), at its 107 acre (43 hectare) country property Wiruna near Ilford, NSW, between Lithgow and Mudgee, about 3 hours north-west of Sydney, through the Blue Mountains and into the NSW Central Tablelands.

The South Pacific Star Party provides amateurs with the chance to meet other amateur and professional astronomers, and observe under dark skies with superb seeing conditions, through all types and sizes of telescopes.

“Among the eucalyptus woodlands in New South Wales, Australia, there is 100 acres of land [Wiruna] designated for stargazing. Owned by a local astronomy society [the ASNSW], the land has both observation facilities and basic accommodations, though most prefer to camp. Each year, the society hosts a “South Pacific Star Party” during which 200 to 400 people convene for a weekend of star watching beneath one of the world’s darkest skies.” –Forbes.com, 18 June 2008.

Details & Registration *Note – SOLD OUT

Coming Up - Jupiter at Opposition

Start date: Sun 16th Jun 2019    

Jupiter, May 16th 2018 by Andy Casely
Celestron C14, Celestron CGX-L mount, ZWO ASI290MM, Astronomik RGB filters, ZWO EFW Mini filter wheel, Meade 2x Barlow.

Jupiter is at opposition today which means it’s the ideal time for photographing this planet, with the largest apparent size for Earth based observers.

Coming Up - Saturn at Opposition

Start date: Wed 10th Jul 2019    

Saturn by Niall MacNeill (Celestron 14″ Edge HD + ZWO174mm)

Saturn is at opposition today which means it’s the ideal time for photographing this planet, with the largest apparent size for Earth based observers.

Upcoming Events

South Pacific Star Party (ASNSW) - Thu 2nd May 2019
Jupiter at Opposition - Sun 16th Jun 2019
Saturn at Opposition - Wed 10th Jul 2019
QLD Astrofest – July/August 2019 - Fri 26th Jul 2019
Occultation of Saturn - Mon 12th Aug 2019
Occultation of Saturn - Sun 8th Sep 2019
Hunter Valley Star Party (NSAS) - Thu 26th Sep 2019
Great Sydney Total Solar Eclipse 2028 - Sat 22nd Jul 2028

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