NASA. The homepage of the world leader in space
exploration. Bring a packed lunch.
Planetary Photo journal. A JPL/NASA site with thousands
of images from planetary missions over the last 40 years.
Get high-resolution pictures of planets, moons, asteroids
and the spacecraft that captured them.
Above sounds like something your Nana used to say, but
in this instance it’s the best place for satellite and Space
Station pass predictions. Simply use the menus to tell the
site your position on the Earths surface and you’ll get a
list of satellites and the times and position of their
passes at your location.
Space.com is a great source of space-related news,
opinion polls and information on all things astronomical.
Forums is an Australian amateur astronomy community
website where you can get or give advice, share your views,
sell your unwanted astro gear (is there such a thing?). You
could even win a nifty prize in one of the competitions.
Sky and Space
Magazine is Australia's premier astronomy magazine.
National Australian Conference of Amateur Astronomers:
The NACAA convention has been held around Australia since
1967, and has become a regular national forum at which
amateur astronomers can exchange experiences, stay abreast
of the latest trends, foster co-operative activities between
individuals, societies and the professional sphere, and
network amongst their peers throughout Australia and beyond.
The official NACAA website is at
Melbourne Museum - Planetarium: Up to date information
on what's up in the sky. Very interesting and helpful
information for the Astronomer ~ Have a look!
Eastern Australia Meteor Network: The EAMN is an
enthusiastic group of Australia wide meteor observers
dedicated to all types of meteor observing. The EAMN is not
affiliated with any astronomical society.
Astronomy Resources: A general information page for
various astronomical links
Southern Aurora: Originally
set up by Roger Giller and Peter Skilton after a discussion
at an ASF (pre-MPAS) committee meeting long ago. It now
includes sightings and photos from auroras over several
decades from Aus, NZ, Antarctica and even Sth Africa, and
the RASNZ takes interest in it as well.
Astronomical Society's/ Club Links In Australia
Astronomical Society of Victoria
The society holds beginner courses in astronomy and in
telescope making. The ASV has 2 properties, their Burwood
premises (housing a 0.5m telescope) and a dark sky site near
Heathcote. Heathcote is the venue for the annual Star Party
and Star-Be-Cue events. Membership advantages include: their
bi-monthly newsletter Crux, the Yearbook, email news,
members’ nights at Melbourne Observatory, the Skyline
telephone info service, loan telescopes, a library and
Visitors are welcome at the society’s general meetings, held
at 8pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, except January,
at the National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra. ASV
specialist sections also hold regular meetings.
Address: GPO Box 1059J, Melbourne Vic 3001
Contact: Linda Mockridge (Public Relations Officer) (03)
Ballarat Astronomical Society
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 10
years. They have a quarterly Bulletin and run 'Introduction
to Astronomy Courses' in Autumn and Spring. The Society is
the custodian of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory (see
also Places section).
The BAS holds a general meeting on the second Friday of each
Address: PO Box 284, Ballarat Vic 3353
Contact:(03) 5332-7526 (society information)
Latrobe Valley Astronomical Society
They have a bi-monthly newsletter, Nebulous News.
The LVAS is active in education, viewing nights in Gippsland
and is developing an observatory near the township of Tyers.
The society meets each month (except December and January)
at the Wirilda Park and Conference Centre, Tyers, call for
Fees: $25 adult, $13 associate $38 family (members living
more than 50km from Morwell)
Address: PO Box 1298, Traralgon BC Vic 3844
Contact: Gavan Dinsdale (03) 5174-6453
Astronomical Society of the Hunter
The Observatory houses a 16 inch telescope. They
also have a club 6 inch refractor and a portable telescope
which is used for school, scouts, service club productions
and ‘Meet The Astronomers’ nights. The observatory at Altair
(Mt Olive) is also available. It has an 18 inch Newtonian
with CCD (Phone Technical Officer Ken Charlwood (02) 6577
Meets at Keay Southern Cross Observatory (near Kurri Kurri)
on the 1st Friday of each month at 7:30pm.
Fees: $20 adult, $25 family
Address: PO Box 69, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327
Contact:Col Maybury (02) 4937-4664 (ph/fax)
Astronomical Society of NSW
At ordinary meetings, professional astronomers are
invited to talk. The technical meetings are less formal,
where members often run discussions. The society runs two
observing sites. One an observatory at Bowen Mountain, near
Richmond, west of Sydney (housing a 16 inch telescope). The
other is their dark sky property Wiruna, near Ilford. This
site includes accommodation, amenities and a 17.5 inch
telescope. A monthly magazine Universe is also published.
The society holds meetings twice per month at the CSIRO,
Division of Radio Physics, Pembroke Rd (cnr Vimera Rd),
Fees: $43 full, $10 juniors (under 18) and $32 student (over
18), $12 for each additional family member. There is no
Address: GPO Box 1123, Sydney NSW 2001
Contact:Adrian Saw (Treasurer) (02) 4572-1568
Canberra Astronomical Society
Meetings regularly feature guest speakers from both
the amateur and professional communities. The society has a
broad range of programs to support the beginner through to
the very experienced amateur astronomer. Membership includes
the CAS monthly newsletter ‘Southern Cross’.
CAS meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month
(except July and December) starting at 8pm. Due to the fire
at Mt Stromlo, the society is temporarily meeting at the
CSIRO headquarters. Contact John (below) for details.
Address: PO Box 1338, Woden ACT 2606
Contact:John Howard (02) 6248-0552
Macarthur Astronomical Society
The society also publishes a monthly journal, Prime Focus,
and offers dark sky observing on members sites. The MAS
encourages members from novice to expert. They provide Full,
Student, Pensioner and Family levels of membership.
The MAS holds meetings, with guest speakers and workshops,
every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30pm at the University of
Western Sydney - Macarthur, Building 22, Room 5.
Address: c/- Secretary, PO Box 17, Minto NSW 2566
Contact:Ian Cook 0415-915-771
The Newcastle Astronomical Society
Most meetings consist of a general summary of astronomy
news, followed by a variety of short talks. Observing nights
are organised during the year.
Meetings are held on the last Friday of each month (except
December), at the University of Newcastle, Lecture Theatre
GP, first floor of Linguistics Building at 7:30pm.
Fees: Adult $25, Child/Pensioner $15, Family $30
Address: c/- Dept. Physics, University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308
Contact:Ghul Hussain (02) 4963-4529 or George Barnes (02)
Northern Sydney Astronomical Society Inc
The society has a quarterly journal, Reflections.
Monthly observing nights are held at North Turramurra golf
Meetings are held at the Sports Pavilion, St Ignatius
College, Lane Cove on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at
Fees: $40 adult, $20 student/pensioner and $60 family
Address: PO Box 3002, North Turramurra NSW 2074
Contact:Ron Washington (President) (02) 9949-3544
Sutherland Astronomical Society
The observatory houses a 41cm reflecting telescope,
35cm C14, 15cm refractor, a library and meeting hall. The
society also publishes a regular journal and star nights are
available for interested groups. There is also a public open
night and astronomy course held annually.
The SAS meets every Thursday at 8pm at the Green Point
Observatory near Sutherland (visitors welcome), with the
main meeting and guest speaker on the 1st & 4th Thursdays.
Fees: $40 full, $30 student/associate, $15 junior/pensioners
and $50 for families plus joining fee - full/family $25,
Address: PO Box 31, Sutherland NSW 1499
Contact:Secretary (02) 9589-1014 (voicemail phone/fax)
Alice Springs Astronomical Society
One star viewing night is held each month, at their dark sky
site 12 km north of Alice Springs, on the Saturday closest
to New Moon.
The society holds meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month
at the Motor Registry Office, METEL Centre, Nth Stuart Hwy.
Address: Box 739, Alice Springs NT 0871
Contact:Dan Barnett (President) (08) 8953-8039 or Bob
Oostergaard (Sec) (08) 8953-0811
Darwin Astronomy Group
Astronomy nights can be organised for schools, clubs as well
as amateur telescope making.
Monthly viewing nights are held during the dry season plus
special astronomical events.
Contact:Phillip Smith (08) 8945-9450
(Formerly Astronomy 20 South) Tropical Stargazers have two
branches: The Hamilton Island based group meets regularly
during April to December and operates the Great Barrier Reef
Observatory. Contact as below.
The Mackay section is a new group which holds regular
meetings and viewing nights. Contact: Michael Benedetti Ph:
0407 969 889
Address: PO Box 40, Hamilton Island Qld 4803
Contact:Ray Johnston (Hamilton Is.) (07) 4946-8686 or
Michael Benedetti (Mackay) 0407 969 889
Astronomical Association of Queensland
The club also holds regular observing nights, regular
astrocamps, public field nights and publish a monthly
journal and Annual Proceedings.
Meetings are held on the afternoon of the second Saturday of
the month at 2:30pm in the lecture theatre of the Sir Thomas
Brisbane Planetarium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
Fees: $35 adult, $50 family, $23 student and pensioner.
Address: PO Box 6101, St. Lucia Qld 4067
Contact:Peter Hall (07) 3378-1173
Brisbane Astronomical Society
There is a bi-monthly newsletter. The society holds regular
field nights for members and the public, as well as
astrocamps. Also observing nights for the public on the
Saturday nearest First Quarter Moon, at the Mt Cootha
Lookout, from 7pm to 9pm. Everyone is welcome. The society
also has a lending library, and telescopes available for
loan to members.
Meets on the second Friday of each month at 7:30pm at the
Kelvin Grove State High School Library.
Fees: $30 full, $18 pensioner, $26.50 country, $18 junior,
$36 family, $32.50 country family & $50 international, also
$5 joining fee.
Address: PO Box 892, Brisbane Albert Street Qld 4002
Contact:BAS Infoline (07) 3321-8511 (recorded club
Bundaberg Astronomical Society
The society also publishes a bi-monthly paper. Regular field
nights are held as required.
Meetings are held at Alloway Observatory on every Friday at
7:30pm. The first Friday of the month are general meetings
and are not held in January.
Fees: $30 adult, $15 junior and $20 country, no joining fee
Address:PO box 4221 South Bundaberg Qld 4670
Contact:Trish Gibson (07) 4156-5278 or (07) 4159-7232
South East Queensland Astronomical Society
They have a quarterly newsletter Universal Times and a
library. Telescopes are available to members, including
assistance in constructing their own. Public field nights
are held at Indooroopilly High School, on the first Sunday
of each month. Dark sky visits and residential weekends are
The society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at
Chirmside Library from February to November. Meetings
commence at 7:30pm and visitors are welcome.
Fees: $25 for adults and concession $15, no joining fees are
Address: PO Box 60, Everton Park Qld 4053
Contact:David Larkin (07) 3844-7904 or Julie Straayer (07)
Southern Astronomical Society
Meetings include observing through telescopes. The society
holds monthly astrocamps at a dark sky location. It also
produces a bi-monthly newsletter.
Monthly meetings are held at Pimpama State School, at Hotham
Creek Road, Pimpama, on Saturdays (dates vary with Moon
phase), commencing at 7pm.
Fees: $28 adult and $21 student, discount for additional
Address: PO Box 867, Beenleigh Qld 4207
Contact:Kevin Dixon (07) 5537-3852
Astronomical Society of South Australia
The society maintains three sites. The Heights Observatory
at Heights School, Modbury, houses a 300mm telescope. A
northern country site is at Stockport, 80km north of
Adelaide (houses 0.5m, 0.48m and 0.45m telescopes). The
southern observing site is located at Douglas Scrub, McLaren
Flat (a 0.45m telescope) Public education is important to
the ASSA with various lectures and observing nights. The
society publishes a monthly newsletter. Monthly public field
nights are held at Heights and Douglas Scrub. The Stockport
Observatory hosts a quarterly Star Party.
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month (except
January) at the University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Fees: Full $45, country or concession $35, spouse $25
Address: GPO Box 199, Adelaide SA 5001
Astronomical Society of Tasmania (AST)
Public Open Nights & Astronomy Classes are held at the
Canopus Observatory, including monthly observing nights for
members. Visitors welcome.
General Meetings are held at either the Canopus Observatory
Site at Cambridge or the Hutchins School conference centre,
Sandy Bay on the last Tuesday of each month except December.
Fees: $45 family, $40 full adult member, Town & Country and
$20 Junior (up to age 18 years.)
Address: Secretary, Mr. Laurie Priest, PO Box 1654, Hobart
Contact: Hobart (03) 6244-3476, Launceston - Karenne Barnes
(03) 6344-7100 or Devonport - Peter Sayers (03) 6424-2588
Astronomical Group of WA (AGWA)
The AGWA was formed to meet the needs of amateur
astronomers and people interested in the night sky, with or
without their own telescopes. Activities include: Field
trips, seminars by astronomers, workshops and special events
and an Annual AstroFest. The AGWA is sponsored by the
Binocular, Telescope and Optical World.
The group meets at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month
(see address below), visitors are welcome.
Address: 159A Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016
Contact:Keith Williams (08) 9201-0895
Astronomical Society of the South West
There is an active junior group which meets twice monthly.
Astronomy camps (and more informal evenings) are held during
the year at dark sky sites. Membership is open to anyone. A
six evening astronomy course for beginners is conducted each
year in March/April. Nights for the general public are held
during school holidays. Community groups are welcome to book
for special nights.
Observing nights are held at their observatory south of
Bunbury on the two Fridays before the new moon.
Fees: Ordinary $25, junior/concession $10, family $40
Address: PO Box 1100, Bunbury WA 6231
Contact:Phil Smith (08) 9721-1586
The Astronomical Society of WA
The society meets at 8pm on the second Monday of
every month (except January) at the South Perth Bridge Club,
cnr Brittain Street and Barker Avenue, Como. Special
interest groups also meet monthly. ASWA conducts regular
Astro-camps at locations with accommodation and dark skies.
It also promotes public awareness by holding regular
observing nights and offering viewing/speakers to schools
and community groups. The Society offers members the use of
its library and equipment, and produces a bi-monthly journal
- the Sidereal Times.
Postal Address: PO Box 421 Subiaco WA 6008
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