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27th Annual South Pacific Star Party

 Registration is closed for this event
2nd - 5th May 2019

The 27th Annual South Pacific Star Party will be held

at Wiruna over the weekend of 2 - 5 May, 2019.

General Information about the SPSP

There is a wealth of information, including important Registration Information, on the home page here. Below, you will find other information specific to this year's event.  

There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATIONS and the event is now fully booked!

Guest Speakers in 2019

We have a great line-up of speakers for this year's event.

Wilfred Gee (Macquarie University), will speak about "Extrasolar Planets and PANOPTES" (see also https://forum.projectpanoptes.org/), a citizen-science based project to find transiting exoplanets using DSLR cameras and amateur-level mounts. Abstract: Exoplanets have become an extremely popular target for professional astronomers but remain a more elusive target for amateur astronomers, even those with high-end equipment. In this talk I'll give some of the history of exoplanet detection amongst the professionals as well as what the current trends in exoplanets are. We'll then look at some of the methods that amateurs can use on their own equipment to try and capture exoplanet transits. Finally, I will give some information on the project I am working on, PANOPTES, which is a citizien-science based project to build a network of extremely inexpensive robotic telescopes for an exoplanet-based survey. Bio: Wilfred is a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University working on image processing techniques for large-scale exoplanet finding.

Kym Haines will present "Wide-Field Astroimaging for Beginners". Abstract: It is easy to get started with astroimaging with a DSLR (digital SLR camera) on a tripod; and more can be done with a DSLR on an existing telescope.

Robert Dahni will do a presentation and workshop on the "Cloud Free Night" service.

Sponsors in 2019

We are grateful to our sponsors every year for providing very generous door prizes. A list of sponsors who have helped us out in the past may be found here. Sponsors who have confirmed for this year include: 

Celestron

Tasco  SkyWatcher

Testar

BinTel

Televue

Orion

AS&T

Quasar

 

 

Of course, we could not continue to run this event without the amazing dedication of the 1st Kandos Scouts. 

2nd May 2019 14:00   through   5th May 2019 12:00
Wiruna
NSW
Australia
Registration
Single $ 85.00
Family $ 115.00
Family Member $ 0.00
One roast dinner $ 15.00
Member Discount
ASNSW Member
Non-member
Small $ 15.00
Medium $ 15.00
Large $ 15.00
X-Large $ 15.00
XX-Large $ 15.00
XXX-Large $ 15.00

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