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Introducing Crago Corner - The Crago Observatory Renovation Blog

I'm pleased to announce a new addition to the web site. Crago Corner will document the renovations taking place at the Crago Observatory to prepare for the installation of our shiny new 22" SDM Dobsonian. Members might notice a link to Crago Corner in the User Menu on the left hand side of the site. (Note you must be logged in to see this) or take this link: Work begins | The Astronomical Society (

Pay Wiruna accommodation fees through PayPal

With many of us carrying less cash these days, we've decided to set up a payment page on the website for Wiruna new-moon fees.

You can access the payments page in 3 ways:

Tonight's Crago session is cancelled - 11 July 2020

The cloud is going to stay around, so I am cancelling tonight's crago observing session.

Crago observatory CLOSED until further notice - updated 19 March 2020

Following on from the fires, and the heavy rain that caused some damage to the observatory, the world is now in the grip of a pandemic. Hence, Crago Observatory remains closed until futher notice. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Crago Session for 1st September - CANCELLED

Hi All,

I'm cancelling the Crago session on 1st of September for maintenance. We've had some long-standing issues with the electronics which we ghope to rectify over the weekend.

The session on 29th September will go ahead as planned. Hope to see you then!

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Astroimaging Competition Rules 2012 Posted

The Astroimaging Competition will be held once again at the star party. This competition is open to all ASNSW members, or attendees to the South Pacific Star Party.

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