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Winter Solstice

Our winter solstice (Friday June 21st) meeting features a talk by

Jim Katsifolis entitled:

"Amateur Astrophotography in the Suburbs - Telescopes, Webcams and Planets"

Summary: Imaging celestial objects from the suburbs offers many challenges, none more so than light pollution and atmospheric turbulence. Some of the most accessible objects under these conditions are the planets. Whilst the webcam has become a popular gadget with personal computers, it is also a relatively cheap but powerful tool for the amateur astronomer to produce amazing planetary images even in less favourable skies. In this talk I will share my experiences with webcam planetary imaging over the last 8 years, focusing on some of the techniques used, lessons learned and importance of image processing. Some real examples on how to use Registax will also be included.

Presenter: Jim Katsifolis has an electronic engineering background and currently works in the field of fibre optic sensing by day where he manages an R&D team. He is a member of the ASV and a very keen amateur astronomer who has been observing the Melbourne night skies for the past 20 years. In the past 10 years Jim has spent most of his observing time imaging the planets, Moon, Sun and more recently some deep sky objects from his backyard with an 8" Meade SCT. His retirement dream is to settle in the vicinity of a dark sky site near a beach, sleep all day and spend the nights observing the heavens from his yet to be built custom observatory!

As always Members night begins at 8pm with visitors welcome.


Friday 14th June

Due to the inclement weather Mount Burnett Observatory will be closed this Friday night. All weather access is in the planning stages. However in the meantime we must limit traffic on the current drive.


Friday 1st June

Dear Members and friends,
This Friday we will have a talk from Steve Roberts entitled "The Moon Hoax - An illustrated, light-hearted, but scientific rundown of the evidence which proves, despite a popular belief to the contrary, that the Moon Landings of 1969-1972 actually happened".

The weather forecast is for rain, so please drive carefully and slowly into the carpark. Also, please consider the neighbours and drive in using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

Members' Night is on every Friday commencing at 8PM. Visitors are always welcome.


Friday the 24th of May

This Friday sees the return of our incredibly popular viewing nights. The telescopes will be out in force (and the weather forecast looks good) so bring your woollen hat and gloves and enjoy a tour of the autumn sky.