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Total Fire Bans and fire management at ASNSW sites

Fire ratings and declarations of Total Fire Ban may affect the operations at Crago Observatory and at Wiruna. 

CRAGO: Visitors to Crago Observatory should always check the Facebook page ( for status updates on the afternoon of the observing session. These updates will include closure due to weather, fire risk or any other reason. 

Crago Christmas BBQ - Saturday 16th November - CANCELLED

We regret that we've had to cancel this event, set down for Saturday 16th November, due to the fire risk and the declared State of Emergency for NSW. Apologies for any inconvenience. Another event may be planned in the new year or for Christmas in July. 

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:

Wiruna fees to increase

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.

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. 

AGM 9 August 2019 - Committee Nomination Form

Take this link to the committee nomination form.

Take this link to the AGM webpage


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