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Public stargazing this Friday night at Mount Stromlo

By 15 August 2013 3

There are only three more public viewing nights scheduled for this year on Mount Stromlo. Daylight savings makes dates over summer too late for the kids.

So far the weather forecast is looking good, which will make a nice change. But it always pays to check the all-sky camera on the MSO website to make sure before you rug up and set off.

And please do remember to rug up, same for your kids. It’s a mountain top, and often a lot breezier and colder than down at your home. Your kids may be climbing a cold metal step ladder to a big scope, so make sure they have gloves. A snow jacket is my standard kit for a night on Mt Stromlo…

Despite a half moon that will be fairly bright, viewing of Saturn should be good, and there’ll be a lot of other cool sights for first timers like binary stars, globular clusters, and perhaps a look at the brand new supernova that just exploded today.

Starts at 7pm, until about 9. See you there!

http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/star-gazing-evenings

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3 Responses to Public stargazing this Friday night at Mount Stromlo
#1
Gungahlin Al12:59 pm, 15 Aug 13
#2
poetix2:30 pm, 15 Aug 13

Wouldn’t it be nicer in summer though? Older kids could still go, and wimpy adults would be more likely to as well.

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Gungahlin Al3:15 pm, 15 Aug 13

poetix said :

Wouldn’t it be nicer in summer though? Older kids could still go, and wimpy adults would be more likely to as well.

Ultimately this series is an ANU MSO initiative, with CAS providing the scopes and guides (us).

We are also doing school viewing nights wherever we can organise them, especially while Saturn is still up and the nights are a bit warmer.

For anyone who joins CAS (for the princely sum of $30pa) we have “Dark Sky Nights” each month, alternating between a site out past Gundaroo and one near Michelago, where members with or without scopes can go and see what everyone else is looking at and learn under beautiful dark skies (better at Michelago, still a lot of light pollution at Gundaroo).

Members also can use for free (once trained) the CAS 14″ telescope on Mt Stromlo. We’ve just bought additional gear to allow anyone to get started on astrophotography using this scope (including a light pollution filter!). Just bring your DSLR along…

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