What we're about

Hi and welcome to the Northern Valleys Astronomy Group.

We are mostly members of the "Astronomical Society of Tasmania".

You can find information about us and apply for full membership at

http://www.astas.org.au/membership.html (https://meet.meetup.com/wf/click?upn=XTL-2BADyqX-2FD82kkVyMmL1S8CwCOuNBt1tc1w5akajLQdO7l8q21Wey9-2BGL6lAqJJ_T-2Bw6G9pwmpMs-2B1d9i6HKcj2wZyi1x69DRFUvKtn8clPgBQLoXhP1MYFBUit4S7O0ma4r4e63c33JvD0BNoDpEqtNXF5PztO11bhlyIYQwCopE9dNRvYHfTfGy5oNTmnxv-2BtXya-2F7C4CwylWfBk3ku8R9EGDjXmVKvC8JPrKxisiAGr4GzCVKRNeKc1Nfz8FJtzV5X594etGtuMbwZf-2BKcw-3D-3D)

Membership starts $40 per year and includes free entry to the Launceston Planetarium and immediate family/household can be included if you apply for a family membership.

When you do the A.S.T's membership secretary will notify us and we will add "A.S.T. Member" to your Meetup Member Descriptor.

For public liability reasons A.S.T. membership is necessary for events marked for A.S.T. Members.

General public events like "Tastrofest" and others that we publicize are open to all but you need to register separately, usually online, to attend.

Where marked meetups at private residences are open to non A.S.T. Northern Valleys Astronomy Meetup Group members where the owner extends an invitation.

Please feel free to ask any questions about getting started with astronomy as hobby or about the science of astronomy in general.

Hope to see you soon

Michael Booth

Northern Coordinator

Astronomical Society of Tasmania

Upcoming events (5+)

BBQ "Catchup" and Telescope Workshop at Sassafrass

Donald and Susan Spurr

Come and enjoy a BBQ get together with great hospitality from Donald and Susan. After dark new members wanting help with setting up and observing telescopes are welcome to pick the brains of older members. Remember to BYO meat drinks and salad and supper if you are staying till late!

March Statewide Astronomy Weekend (Fonthill) Meetup Members Welcome

Fonthill Farm Accommodation

The opportunity for a weekend of astronomy will again be on for 2019 this time for the last weekend in March at the 'farm stay' accommodation at Fonthill, near Oatlands. https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/23789147?guests=1&adults=1 Accommodation is available for both individuals, couples, families or a group for folks that want to bunk together. Depending on total numbers individuals may need to share unless special needs are a factor. Total cost is $230 per head including Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. If you want to come just one of the nights costs are as follows: Friday $100 including breakfast or $130 with Saturday lunch. Saturday $100 including dinner and breakfast or $130 with Saturday lunch. RSVP and payment deadline is the end of February! I will provide account details closer to the time. All Meetup Group Members are welcome to attend! We have room for approximately 30 people all up. If we get less than 20 we will have some capacity for private couples. Otherwise sharing will be necessary.

Startools (and other astro imaging software) Users Group

Eagle Rock Observatory

"StarTools (http://www.startools.org/) is an 'astrophotography' image post-processing application built from the ground up exclusively for modern hardware and modern astrophotographers." "By tracking signal and noise evolution during processing, it lets you effortlessly accomplish hitherto "impossible" feats like deconvolution of a heavily processed image, or autonomous denoising without local supports or masks." Every month those interested in developing past processing skills in Startools/Nebulosity/Gimp/Lightroom and Photoshop, among others, are getting together (without telescopes but with coffee). All Meetup Group members welcome!

April 2019 Astronomy Night at Georgetown

York Creek Obs 41° 6’ 6.4”S / 146° 50’ 33”E @ 28m

All meetup members are welcome to attend tonight's astronomy session at Merv's York Creek Observatory at Georgetown. Tea and coffee Provided. Please consider making a $5 donation towards Meetup Group Expenses. Looking forward to catching up! PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THIS PAGE FOR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER.

Past events (198)

(Cancelled)March 2019 Astronomy Night at Georgetown (Cancelled)

York Creek Obs 41° 6’ 6.4”S / 146° 50’ 33”E @ 28m

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