Hunter Valley Star Party (NSAS) - Thu 26th Sep 2019

NSAS is proud to announce the Hunter Valley Star Party is now up and confirmed for Thursday 26th Sept to Sunday 29th September 2019.
The Star Party will be at the Grapevines Estate which is in a picturesque setting and has a large area available for us to park cars and set up our telescopes. The site has been purposely chosen as it is central to the winery area with a range of accommodation nearby and also has an SQM rating of 20.9-21.2 mag/arcsec2 which is almost 2 bands darker than our Terry Hills site.

The Hunter Valley Star Party is aimed to be a spouse, family and friend friendly event where members are welcome and encouraged to bring spouses and friends. The setting in the beautiful Hunter Valley provides lots of opportunity to explore the area with vineyards, tours, incredible dinner experiences, many restaurants and many things to see and do.

This is not a public event and registration is restricted to members and their guests. We also intend to liaise with the local astronomy club up there and invite their participation.

Accommodation is now available to be booked and you can choose any place to stay. We have arranged for discounts at certain venues and these can and now should be booked to avoid disappointment.

For further details, see the HVSP Newsletter 2018/12/14.

You can register your interested at HVSP 2019 Registration.

Latest Event - 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.

Coming Up - Partial Lunar Eclipse

Start date: Wed 17th Jul 2019    

Although not quite as dramatic as a full lunar eclipse, the partial eclipse will be visible in the early morning for observers across Australia. Check here for more detailed information closer to the date.

Coming Up - MCAS – One Giant Leap

Start date: Sun 21st Jul 2019    

A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Man’s First Moonwalk, 21 July 2019.

A major event by Macarthur Astronomical Society and One Giant Leap Australia (OGLA).

OGLA will introduce six NASA/JPL Scientists to discuss many STEM Topics. The Scientists are: Tom Nolan, Shannon

McConnell, Debra Brice, Rachel Zimmerman Brachman, Christine Fuller, Dr. Mike Malaska.

The iconic movie “The Dish” (featuring Parkes Radio Telescope) will be shown.

Members can book now to avoid disappointment!

Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus
Building 30, Goldsmith Avenue, CAMPBELLTOWN, NSW 2560

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Upcoming Events

Saturn at Opposition - Wed 10th Jul 2019
Partial Lunar Eclipse - Wed 17th Jul 2019
MCAS – One Giant Leap - Sun 21st Jul 2019
QLD Astrofest – July/August 2019 - Fri 26th Jul 2019
Introduction to Practical Astronomy Course - Wed 31st 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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