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Final BYO Telescope & New Members Night - Friday 15th March

posted Mar 5, 2019, 11:21 PM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 11:22 PM ]

Our final BYO Telescope & New Members night for the season is coming up soon on the Friday, 15th March. We've had a great response to our previous BYO Telescope nights and have had to limit numbers, so please contact the ASSW at enquiries@assw.org.au to book your spot!

If you have a telescope but aren't sure how to use it, or would you like a few tips on how to get the most out of it, this is for you.

Or, 

Thinking about buying a telescope, but aren't sure what type to get, perhaps we can point you in the right direction.

On the other hand, if you're just interested in Astronomy and would like to know more about what we do, and get involved in club activities, this would be an ideal time to come along. No telescope necessary!

The club operates a large telescope in the Observatory in Bunbury, plus a range of portable scopes. In addition to Public Nights, we run viewing nights for members at the Observatory and at remote dark sites in the South West.

Bookings for the night are essential, contact the club at enquiries@assw.org.au

Gold coin donation for tea/coffee.

New Members and BYO Scope Night - Friday 15th February

posted Feb 9, 2019, 6:32 PM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Feb 9, 2019, 6:33 PM ]

Our next BYO Scope night is coming up soon. Due to the level of interest, bookings are essential, so contact the ASSW at enquiries@assw.org.au.

Our BYO Scope nights are for people who already own a telescope and would like some assistance in using it, or people who are thinking about buying one and would like some advice on the various models available.

Also, it's an opportunity to learn more about the ASSW, have a tour of the Observatory and the huge 20" Newtonian Telescope under the dome, 

Bookings are essential, contact the club at enquiries@assw.org.au

New Members and BYO Scope Night - Friday 11th January

posted Nov 28, 2018, 10:54 PM by ASSW Google Admin

Do you have a telescope but aren't sure how to use it? Would you like a few tips on how to get the most out of it? 

Maybe thinking about buying one but aren't sure what type to get?

The ASSW will be hosting a BYO Telescope night for anyone with their own telescope, or thinking about getting one, or just interested in joining a group of amateur astronomers to learn more about the night sky.

The club operates a large telescope in the Observatory in Bunbury, plus a range of portable scopes. In addition to Public Nights, we run viewing nights for members at the Observatory and at remote dark sites in the South West.

Bookings are essential, contact the club at enquiries@assw.org.au

Gold coin donation for tea/coffee.

New Members and BYO Scope Night - Friday 14th December

posted Nov 28, 2018, 10:54 PM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 10:55 PM ]

Do you have a telescope but aren't sure how to use it? Would you like a few tips on how to get the most out of it? 

Maybe thinking about buying one but aren't sure what type to get?

The ASSW will be hosting a BYO Telescope night for anyone with their own telescope, or thinking about getting one, or just interested in joining a group of amateur astronomers to learn more about the night sky.

The club operates a large telescope in the Observatory in Bunbury, plus a range of portable scopes. In addition to Public Nights, we run viewing nights for members at the Observatory and at remote dark sites in the South West.

Bookings are essential, contact the club at enquiries@assw.org.au

Gold coin donation for tea/coffee.

AstroChat Launched!

posted Oct 5, 2018, 12:12 AM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 12:15 AM ]

The ASSW has launched a new email list, AstroChat, for astronomy enthusiasts in the South West of Western Australia to discuss issues and events of common interest. 

Anyone is welcome to join Astrochat, simply send an email to join-astrochat@assw.org.au with your name and postcode.

After joining, you can participate by sending your email to astrochat@assw.org.au and it will be automatically circulated to all members. 

All email will have [astrochat] in the Subject line for easy identification and filtering. 

Public Nights January 25-28th 2019

posted Sep 12, 2018, 7:57 AM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Jan 19, 2019, 10:20 PM ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will hold open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury, during the Australia Day long weekend of the January 2019 school holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th of January, each night from 8:00pm to 10:30pm, weather permitting.

This is a great time to view the planet Mars and deep sky objects such as nebula, open clusters and globular clusters. There will be a range of club and member telescopes available, plus the large 20" telescope under the dome.

Cost: - Adults: $12.00;   Children: - $8.00;   Family: - $35.00.   CASH ONLY. No Bookings Required.

For further information, please enquire.

Great Orion Nebula  Jewel Box Cluster 47 Tucanae

Public Nights September 28th, 29th & 30th

posted Sep 12, 2018, 7:57 AM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 7:59 AM ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will hold open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury, during the middle weekend of the September 2018 school holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30nh of September, each night from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, weather permitting.

This is a great time to view the planets, including Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn, plus deep sky objects such as nebula, open clusters and globular clusters. There will be a range of club and member telescopes available, plus the large 20" telescope under the dome.

Cost: - Adults: $12.00;   Children: - $8.00;   Family: - $35.00.   CASH ONLY.

For further information, please enquire.

Great Orion Nebula Jupiter and Moons Jewel Box Cluster 47 Tucanae

Mars & The Gas Giants - August 10th, 11th & 12th

posted Aug 5, 2018, 8:42 PM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Aug 5, 2018, 8:43 PM ]

Our final official Mars viewing nights for the season!

The red planet has been getting brighter in our skies for the last few months and Mars is at it's closest to Earth since 2002. For the next two months we will get the best views. Mars won't be so close again until 2035!

Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in the solar system also recently made their closest approached to Earth and are well placed for great viewing.

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will hold open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th  of August, each night from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, weather permitting. There will be a range of club and member telescopes available to view various astronomical targets, including Mars, Jupiter & Saturn plus double stars, nebula, open clusters and globular clusters.

Cost: - Adults: $12.00;   Children: - $8.00;   Family: - $35.00.   CASH ONLY.

For further information, please enquire.



Mars & the Gas Giants - August 4th & 5th

posted Jul 18, 2018, 9:24 AM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Jul 31, 2018, 10:03 PM ]

Note: Friday 3rd August CANCELLED due to bad weather. 
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th may be cloudy, but we're hoping it will clear long enough for some good viewing.


August is a great time to view Mars!

The red planet has been getting brighter in our skies for the last few months and Mars is at it's closest to Earth since 2002. For the next two months we will get the best views. Mars won't be so close again until 2035!

Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in the solar system also recently made their closest approached to Earth and are well placed for great viewing.

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will hold open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th  of August, each night from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, weather permitting. There will be a range of club and member telescopes available to view various astronomical targets, including Mars, Jupiter & Saturn plus double stars, nebula, open clusters and globular clusters.

Cost: - Adults: $12.00;   Children: - $8.00;   Family: - $35.00.   CASH ONLY.

For further information, please enquire.



Mars & the Gas Giants - July 13th, 14th & 15th

posted Jun 26, 2018, 1:37 AM by Brian Raynor

July is a great time to view Mars!

The red planet has been getting brighter in our skies for the last few months and soon Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 2002, and for next two months we will get the best views. Mars won't be so close again until 2035!

Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in the solar system also recently made their closest approached to Earth and are well placed for great viewing.

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will hold open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury, during the last weekend of the July 2018 school holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th  of April, each night from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, weather permitting. There will be a range of club and member telescopes available to view various astronomical targets, including Mars, Jupiter & Saturn plus double stars, nebula, open clusters and globular clusters.

Cost: - Adults: $12.00;   Children: - $8.00;   Family: - $35.00.   CASH ONLY.

For further information, please enquire.



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