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Resumption of Friday Night Meetings via ZOOM (update 17/9/2020)

I am happy to advise that, after a long hiatus due to COVID-19, our Friday night meetings will resume this month - online via ZOOM.

Our next scheduled meeting will be held next week, on Friday 25 September 2020. Dr Jesse van de Sande (ARC DECRA Fellow) will be speaking on the topic of "What to Galaxies and Shadow Puppets have in common?" Further details of this meeting are available here:

An email notification will be sent to ASNSW members next week with details of how to join the meeting.

I2AO (Introduction to Astronomy Online) - Parts 7 and 8a-8c now available!

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

The main index is here:

The new sections cover:

Part 7: Earth, Sun and Moon (

Part 8a: The Solar System (

2020 AGM 7 Aug 2020 and Zoom Training Meeting 31 Jul 2020

Dear Members,

This year, the current situation with COVID-19 still places restrictions on meetings. Hence, the ASNSW committee has decided to take advantage of the temporary provision by Fair Trading* to hold AGMs electronically. Please read through this email so that you have all the information and please note, at the bottom, the request to return your expression of interest in attending the AGM and/or the Zoom Training Meeting.

1. The AGM

Crago Observatory Status Updates on Facebook

Crago Observatory has reopened for ASNSW members only, and they must bring their own observing equipment. There is currently NO SHARING of telescopes, eyepieces or any optical devices whilst social distancing is in force. 

Crago Observatory has a Facebook page:

Wiruna Opening and COVID-19 Safety Plan - 1 June 2020

Dear Members, 

Dear Members,
As anticipated, we are now able to reopen Wiruna, subject to certain conditions. The committee has completed a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Wiruna. The detailed Safety Plan is available here and you are encouraged to read it.

Spam alert

Dear Members,


Links to NSW Public Health Orders and information pages

NSW Government Legislation Page:

Specific COVID-19 information:

The public health order relating to restrictions on gathering and movement: (commenced 31 March 2020):

Meetings, Star Party, Wiruna and Crago Observing cancelled in response to the Public Health Order of 30 March 2020

Dear Members and Visitors,

All the Society's activities have been suspended in response to the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, under the Public Health Act 2010, issued by the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research on 30th March 2020.

South Pacific Star Party cancelled due to pandemic

COVID-19 and the South Pacific Star Party

At its meeting on 18th March 2020, the ASNSW committee decided to cancel this year's star party. Participants have been contacted by email regarding refunds. 

Yours sincerely,
The ASNSW management committee

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. 


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