The Sutherland Astronomical Society Practical Astronomy Course (or SASPAC) is held annually at the Green Point Observatory and runs on Wednesday evenings for 9 weekly sessions. Recommended for adults, teens and gifted sub-teens who wish to expand their knowledge of the cosmos.

The material covered in this course will engage both beginner and experienced astronomer alike, and no prior knowledge of astronomy is required.

2018 course will commence on Wednesday 1 August

Lecture dates this year will be 1 August, 8 August, 15 August, 22 August, 29 August, 5 September, 12 September, 19 September, 26 September.


Each session starts at 7:30pm and continues for approximately 2 hours (registration on Week 1 begins 30 minutes earlier at 7pm).

Each course will cover the following program (subject to minor changes):

  • Practical Astronomy: Hints & Tips on viewing, glossary
  • Setting up Telescopes and Understanding Optics
  • Apps & Maps: Finding Objects through Catalogues & Atlases, the movement of the sky
  • Observing the Solar System: includes Moon, Planets & Dwarf Planets, Comets, Meteor Showers, Eclipses, Seasons & Tides.
  • Observing Key Southern Hemisphere Constellations
  • Observing Deep Sky Objects
  • The Life Cycle of Stars
  • Introduction to Cosmology
  • Where To From Here?

Participants are also invited to attend a number of SASI dark sky observing sessions during the course.


 Only $150 

includes: full attendance at lectures, weekly night sky viewing (weather permitting), supper, a SASI 50th Anniversary coffee mug, links to free astronomical software and certificate on completion of the course.

Click to download the SASPAC flyer.

To book a place or make an enquiry contact our Education Officer.