A Passion for the Cosmos: The Genteel Astronomers of Mosman - Sat 14th May 2022

In 1895 the NSW Branch of the British Astronomical Society was formed to promote the study of the night sky with members including locals John Macdonnell and E. H Beattie. Join the presenters for an insightful look into the role of these astronomers and the importance of their discoveries, followed by a clear evening’s Telescope viewing. Presented by Sydney Observatory Curator of Astronomy, Dr Andrew Jacob, with Dr Toner Stevenson and Elizabeth Cocking of Sydney City Skywatchers.

In 1895 a passionate group of amateur astronomers, including John Tebbutt, formed the NSW Branch of the British Astronomical Society. Tebbutt, the Society’s first President and 61 men and women, from all over Sydney, were nominated as members. With a view to sharing and supporting each other the Society flourished.

Members included Mosman residents, John and Emily Macdonnell whose ‘Gardenol Observatory’ was in the backyard of their house in Shadforth Street. In 1906, Secretary of the Society, Ernest H. Beattie owed Madonnell’s Grubb Telescope installing it in his ‘West Point Observatory’, Mosman.
In 2021 their famous Grubb Telescope, now in the National Museum of Australia, was one of 18 items selected by Slava and Leonard Grigoryan as the subject of a new composition Southern Sky.

Join the presenters for a wonderful and insightful look into the importance of those referred to as amateur astronomers and their lasting legacy.

The evening will conclude with a Telescope viewing guided by Ann Cairns, President, Sydney City Skywatchers (weather depending).

Address:605 Military Road, Mosman, New South Wales

Barry O’Keefe Library (Mosman Library Service)


7pm – 8pm

Entry Fees:FreeB ooking required



Latest Event - The Queensland Astrofest 2022

Start date: Thu 21st Jul 2022    

BINTEL Will be attending the Queensland Astrofest 2022

The Queensland Astrofest has been the major star party in Queensland since its inception in 1993, and is open to all amateur astronomers. It is convened by the South East  Queensland Astronomical Society, the Brisbane Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Association of Queensland, the Amateur Telescope Makers of Queensland, the Southern Astronomical Society, and in 2013 we were delighted to welcome another local astronomy club, Star Gayzers, to take part in Queensland Astrofest and to inject some new energy into the event.

Astrofest 2022 is on. It will take place at Duckadang from Friday 22nd July through to Sunday 31st July 2022.

The July new moon this year falls on the last Friday, the 29th July. On the first Friday, the 22nd the moon will be rising just after midnight and by the Monday it won’t be rising until 03:42 so we should get a good run of clear, moonless nights.

More Details here

Bookings can be made here

Coming Up - SASPAC Practical Astronomy Course

Start date: Wed 27th Jul 2022    


For those in Sydney: Practical Astronomy Course.
SASPAC is an in-depth introductory course to learn everything you wanted to know about backyard astronomy.
The 2022 course will start Wednesday 27 July 2022.Suitable for members of the public from Year 10 (High School) to retirement with some interest in astronomy

Coming Up - BYO Telescope Class | 20th August 2022

Start date: Sat 20th Aug 2022    

BYO Telescope Class | 20th August 2022

If you own a telescope and are having difficulty working out how to use it or if you’re confused about which telescope to buy, this single evening class will help you on your way.

•       You have a telescope but are not sure how to use it properly.
•       You don’t have a telescope but are thinking of buying one. This class is a great way to learn more about telescopes so you can choose the best one to suit you.
•       You have never been into Astronomy before but want to see what it’s all about.

This class is specially designed for beginners and will cover all the basics to kick-start your knowledge.

With astronomy guides on hand, you will learn all the basics including:
•       Telescopes and mounts
•       Finder scopes, eyepieces and focusing
•       Extra tools to find out what to see in the night sky

WHEN:   6.00pm – 8.30pm Saturday 20th August, 2022

WHERE:          Henderson Environmental Centre
End of Groat Street, North Beach WA 6020

$115 Telescope Owners
$38.50 Extra Adult (without telescope)
$27.50 Child (recommended for children aged 8-16 years with a keen interest in astronomy)

Details via : https://stargazersclubwa.com.au/stargazing-events-perth/#!event/2022/8/20/byo-telescope-class-20th-august

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