Christmas Star-be-cue at the ASV's dark sky site, 21-22 December!
I'm always spruiking the Astronomical Society of Victoria to people starting out or getting further into astronomy. If you want to see a bit more about what the ASV is about, meet other keen astronomers, see their kit and look through some monster telescopes, then here's your chance.
The ASV has a couple of events up at its dark sky site each year, including this big Christmas event. It starts at noon on the 21st and goes all night (obviously). The dark sky site is near Heathcote, about two hours' drive from the CBD.
Along with a bunch of other astrophotographers, this is where I take my photos from, so come up and have a look at the place.
Places for non-members are NOW FILLED. Of course, if you're an ASV member (like me), then you can just rock up. (I'll be late as I'm working at Optics Central that day.)
During the day, there will be solar observing (using a specialised solar scope), site tours, wine tasting, Lions Club BBQ from 3 - 6pm and a fun trivia game. There's a door prize of an astronomical telescope to be drawn as well.
As it begins to get dark, Perry will get out his green laser and give a guided tour of the universe (could we say a hitch hikers' guide?) featuring the planets, stars and major constellations of the summer sky.
After that they'll bring out the big scopes. During the evening, there's bottomless tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits.
Bring a tent and a sleeping bag if you are staying overnight, or you can stay nearby in Heathcote.
Cost is $5 for ASV members.