One of the main objectives of the ASNSW is to bring together, people who are interested in Astronomy and related sciences, and to promote public interest and education in Astronomy. We provide Astronomical observing facilities for members, educational lectures for members and the public, and we assist members and the public to select, use and even construct telescopes and related instruments.
In keeping with this objective, a group of ASNSW members regularly volunteer to stage Local Astronomy Open Nights, which are designed especially for people who, due to their locality, are unable to attend those local events which are held from time to time around the Metropolitan areas of Sydney. These nights are extremely popular, and are very strongly in keeping with our charter to promote public interest and education in Astronomy.
These Open Nights generally consist of an informative talk on various aspects of Astronomy, followed by observing through a range of members' telescopes (weather permitting).
One such regular event is held at Ilford, in the Ilford Hall (12km from "Wiruna"). This particular event has in the past attracted over 350 locals, and has proved to be a very rewarding experience, for both locals and participating members alike.
Other past events include Astronomy Open Nights at Penrith Panthers' Leagues Club, Parramatta Park, the Macquarie University Astronomy Open Nights, and various other venues across Greater Sydney and surrounding regions.
If you are interested in having the ASNSW host an Astronomy Open Night in your local area, please Email Us and we'll organise a suitable date and time.
Alternatively, if you are willing to volunteer a few hours of your time and a telescope for any local open nights, please Email Us - any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
For more information about the ASNSW, Email Us, or write to us at:
THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF NSW INC.
PO BOX 870
EPPING NSW 1710
Phone: (02) 4572 1568
Email: Secretary (at) asnsw.com