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ASNSW 2020 Calendar now available

To download a one-page calendar, view the online colour clickable calendar or find the links to subscribe to calendar feeds, click here:

Bush Fire Danger Period at Wiruna from 1/9/2019


The Bush Fire Danger Period has already started in the Mid-Western Regional Council district, including Wiruna. See:

Crago Christmas BBQ - Saturday 16th November - Registrations now open

Registrations have now opened for the Christmas barbecue to be held at Crago Observatory on Saturday 16th November. Further details are available on the registration page here: 

Wiruna fees to increase

** Change to Ordinary Meeting Start Time ** - come at 7.30pm

In order to help new members and visitors feel more welcome at our Ordinary Meetings (the Friday night ones), the START time for the meetings is being moved to the earlier time of 7.30pm to allow some dedicated time for a meet-and-greet at the beginning, as well as more social time after the guest speaker.

Commencing from the 6th September meeting, the order of events at the meetings will approximately follow this pattern:

Dates set for next Star Party: 21 - 24 May 2020

The next annual South Pacific Star Party will be held 21 - 24 May 2020. General information about the star party is here:

Registration will open sometime in February 2020 and there will be a two-week registration period. Advice on specific dates will be emailed to all our database contacts in February 2020.

Entries in the T-shirt competition should be submitted to before the end of February 2020. 

Crago Observatory Status Updates on Facebook

Crago Observatory has a new Facebook page:

This page will be updated regarding whether or not the observatory will be open on the scheduled observing nights. Observing may be cancelled if it is raining or cloudy. Please check after 4pm on the relevant night. Scheduled observing sessions are listed here:

and impending sessions show up on the right-hand-side of the home page.

27th South Pacific Star Party (2019) photos now available

27th South Pacific Star Party (2019) photos by Brad Le Broque are available here.

Introduction to Astronomy Online - Parts 5 and 6 now available!

 Some progress has been made on the online offering: Introduction to Astronomy Online (I2AO).

The main index is here:

The new short sections cover observing planets, safely observing transits of the Sun by the inner planets (Part 5), plus a couple of catalogues and how to plan an observing session (Part 6). 

PDF of "The Great Star Catalogue" now available

Toner Stevenson presented a talk earlier this year, titled "The Great Star Catalogue: Australia's contribution 1887 - 1964". She has provided us with a PDF version of the talk and links to her related publications. These are available on the ASNSW website here:

We are grateful to Toner for making this information available to our members. 


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