Sutherland Astronomical Society

SASPAC

Practical Astronomy Course

SASPAC is an in depth course to learn everything you wanted to know about backyard astronomy.

The next course will commence in August 2017

Speakers

Upcoming Speakers

Click on the speaker's name to see the calendar entry

7 Sep 2017 - Prof Fred Watson

5 Oct 2017 - Dr Maria Cunningham (UNSW)

2 Nov 2017 - Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez (AAO/MQU)

 

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Group Bookings

Book a private star night for your group or club for a personalised astronomy experience.

 

 

Public Open Nights

Public Open Nights - September

See the stars through huge telescopes. Our next open nights are on 29-30 September 2017.

Green Point Observatory is open for meetings every Thursday evening commencing at 7:30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend Guest Speaker Talks and SASI workshops. The Observatory is located at the bottom of a reserve off Green Point Road, Oyster Bay NSW. Follow the path for 100 metres.

Click to view a Map to Green Point Observatory and obtain further directions.

 

The Sutherland Astronomical Society Inc. (SASI) was formed in 1961 when a small group of people wished to form a society and construct an observatory south of the Georges River. The Society was known, until the late 1970's, as the James Cook Astronomers Club.

Green Point Observatory was subsequently constructed on Council land at the corner of Green Point and Caravan Head Roads, Oyster Bay. Stage 1 consisted of a dome, library and 41cm Newtonian telescope (recently refurbished) and was completed in the mid 1960's. Stage 2, a Meeting Hall capable of seating 50 people was completed in the early 1970's and Stage 3, a roll-off roof observatory and storeroom was completed in 1996.

At present, a state-of-the-art 35cm Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope is mounted in the roll-off observatory. The Society also has a 15cm refractor, 20cm Newtonian, 20cm SCT and 7x50 binoculars for members use. 

Some of the major activities of the Society and its members include Deep Sky, Planetary and Variable star observing; Occultations, Grazes and Eclipses; Photography and CCD imaging as well as Public Education Courses.

Newsflash

Open Nights a Great Success!

Our recent Public Open Nights held on 29-30 September were a hit with lots of families and community members. The clouds were ever present, but the Moon and Saturn were nearly always visible, and there were enough gaps for budding astronomers to see a range of celestial objects. Great family fun! 

New US Total Eclipse Tour Photos

Contributions of photos from members and guests who participated in our 2017 US Total Solar Eclipse Tour have started coming in. You can see these in our Total Eclipse Tour Gallery.

For those who were on the tour, keep the photos coming.

New Photo in Gallery

A new photo of the Moon-Mercury-Regulus conjunction on 25 July 2017 has been added to Peter Williams' gallery.

Members are invited to submit their own galleries of society events or any astroimages you would like to share with the world.

SASI Mentioned in Parliament

The Sutherland Astronomical Society was mentioned in paliament this month by Eleni Petinos MP, State Member for Miranda.

Details here.

SASI in the Newspaper

We made it into The Leader with an article on the 50th Anniversary of the Green Point Observatory, and our Earth Hour Public Open Night on Saturday 25 March.

 

Membership Details

Become a Member!

Join the friendly astronomical society for socialising, practical advice, monthly speaker nights, weekly meetings and more!

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Sponsorship - Purchase a Photographic Plate

Become a Society Sponsor by purchasing an historic glass plate.

 

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SASI USA 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Tour

14-29 August 2017. Book now for an experience of a lifetime!