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Dec 01, 2019

Sydney City Skywatchers end of year party

6:30pm Monday 2 December at The Australia Hotel

Yes it’s that time of year again where we join with our fellow members

in festive spirit. Come along and spread some cheer! There is plenty to chat about and share.

Members may bring a guest


Date:  Monday 2nd December 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m.                                                 .

Venue:  The Australian Hotel

               100 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Cost:  Approx. $30.00 plus $5 per person exclusive room hire. Pub bistro style food, drinks at bar prices


BOOKING ESSENTIAL .  RSVP 25th November 2019


Look forward to seeing you there.




There is no SCS meeting in December at Sydney Observatory due to the above Christmas Party.

Nov 03, 2019

Cosmic Chronicles

Professor Fred Watson AM explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy

Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining? In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy. Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.


Fred Watson's latest book  'Cosmic Chronicles' will be available at a special price of $30 (no credit card facility is available so please have cash). This is a unique opportunity to purchase your signed copy and have some great summer holiday reading on hand.

Biography: Professor Fred Watson is the former Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory. Before that, he worked at both the UK’s Royal Observatories. Today, he is Australia’s first Astronomer-at-Large, and holds adjunct positions at several Australian universities. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.

Date: Monday 4 November

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm 

Place: Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point 2000


supper charge at the door (cash only)

$2 members; $5 non-members supper charge (non-members are welcome but you must join on your third attendance)

Books: $30 (cash pnly)

Transport : Short walk from Wynyard or Circular Quay. Bus 311 goes from Elizabeth Bay to Observatory Hill.

Parking: there is meter parking on the hill- credit card tap accepted.

Oct 01, 2019

About telescopes - presentation and observing night on Wednesday 2 October

AGM, then Peter Osman discusses his methodology plus hands-on telescopes and camera!

6:30 to 6:45pm Annual General Meeting.


6:50pm A portable push-to equatorial mount using gravity referenced sensing

Peter Osman presents a short talk about his telescope mount referencing system especially for amateur astronomers who have very few tools and no workshop but would like to add electronic setting circles to an equatorial telescope. The method uses accelerometers and gravity as a stable reference and this allows telescope pointing alignment, polar altitude alignment and cone error minimisation to be carried out in daylight hours and stars to be readily located at night.


7:15 to 8:30pm Hands-on Telescopes and Cameras.

Learn how to use our club telescope, bring your own telescope or camera and tripod to experiment with images of the night sky. There will be a 15% waxing crescent Moon setting in the west, Jupiter and Saturn will be in the sky. If the weather is poor we will examine and compare kit inside the Observatory.


Date: Wednesday 2 October

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm

Cost: $2 members and $5non-members supper donation

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