Invitation to the Southern Star Party (2011 March 04-06)

posted: 2410 days ago, on Tuesday, 2011 Feb 15 at 14:45
tags: astronomy, events, Southern Star Party, Bonnievale.

You're invited

Join us for a week-end of star gazing and friendly chat at the Southern Star Party, which will be held on March 04-06 on a farm just outside of Bonnievale, near Robertson, in the Western Cape.

The GPS position to point your car to is 34:00:45 South, 19:59:43 East.

The organizers of the event are Willie Koorts, Edward and Lynnette Foster, Martin Lyons, Suki Lock and Auke Slotegraaf.

Visit the website at the Southern Star Party blog for more.

Programme

As of this writing, the programme looks as follows:

Friday, March 04

12:00 Registration opens

16:00 Astronomy for the Beginner. (Edward Foster)

16:30 Using the Southern Star Wheel and ConCards. (Auke Slotegraaf)

17:00 Light Pollution and the GLOBE at Night Project. (Auke Slotegraaf)

17:30 Astrophotography - Getting Started. (Kos Coronaios)

18:00 Official Opening of the SSP. (Willie Koorts)

18:15 Early-bird Group Photo

18:30 Braai !

20:15 Shot-in-the-Dark Group Photo

20:30 What’s Up in the Night Sky Tonight. (Willie Koorts)

21:00 Practical: Explore the Constellations. (Auke Slotegraaf)

21:30 Practical: Guided Binocular Tour of the Sky. (Auke Slotegraaf)

Saturday, March 05

10:00 Registration opens

12:30 Astronomy for the Beginner. (Edward Foster)

13:00 Deep Sky Observing Workshop. (Auke Slotegraaf; 1 hour)

13:00 Choosing and using binoculars for astronomy (Edward Foster)

13:30 How to clean your telescope and binoculars (Willie Koorts)

14:00 Astrophotography - Getting Started. (Kos Coronaios)

14:00 Using the Southern Star Wheel and ConCards. (Auke Slotegraaf)

14:30 Next steps in Astrophotography. (Lucas Ferreira)

15:00 Astrophotography - Getting Started. (Kos Coronaios; repeat)

15:00 Fossils, Light and Time. (Edward Foster)

15:30 Next Steps in Astrophotography. (Lucas Ferreira; repeat)

15:30 Light Pollution and the GLOBE at Night Project. (Auke Slotegraaf)

16:00 Designing & building a large-aperture Dobsonian. (Johann Swanepoel)

16:30 Sale Table items on display

17:00 Welcome & announcements (Willie Koorts)

17:15 Main Group Photo

17:30 Astro Pub Quiz

18:15 Braai !

20:00 What Astrophotography teaches us about the Deep Sky. (Dr Dieter Willasch)

20:40 Shot-in-the-Dark Group Photo

20:50 What’s Up in the Night Sky Tonight. (Willie Koorts)

21:10 Practical: Explore the Constellations.

21:30 Practical: Guided Binocular Tour of the Sky.

Sunday, March 06

10:00 Demonstration of astrophotos taken during the SSP (Lucas Ferreira)

15:00 Camp site evacuated.

Find out more

For more details, and the all-important booking and registration, visit the Southern Star Party blog. Space is very limited, so please book right away.

Map to the site

The GPS position to point your car to is 34:00:45 South, 19:59:43 East.

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