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VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party

2016


Last updated 2016 October 25

VicSouth 2016 is scheduled to occur from Friday October 28 to Tuesday November 1 (the Melbourne Cup public holiday).
Download the 2016 booking form from this page. Scroll down to find out what's happening each day.

The VicSouth public astronomy session is on again this year, Friday October 28, 8pm to 10pm on the Lodge's main lawn. Come along to this FREE event if you live in Nhill or nearby.   WEATHER PERMITTING -- phone the Lodge (03) 5391 5232 late Friday afternoon if the weather looks doubtful.


Sponsors

We're pleased to announce sponsorships and/or prize donations to VicSouth 2016 from the following businesses:


  • Gama Electronics
    are donating a QHY-5V mono guider, a QHY5L-II colour guider, and a stand-alone guider as prizes.



  • Tasco Sales Australia
    / Meade Australia are donating a pair of Acuter 15x70 binoculars and an 8-inch Dobsonian telescope as prizes.


  • Optics Central are donating a pair of Saxon 15x70 binoculars.


  • Gondwana Telescopes are also donating some items.



What's happening?

  • FRIDAY (sunset at the Lodge is at 7:58pm AEDT)

    3pm to 6pm -- VicSouth registration (with Door Prize raffle ticket to each registrant).
    REGISTER BEFORE YOU START UNPACKING/SETTING UP ANY EQUIPMENT.
    VicSouth 2016 will have specified areas for astrophotography and for visual observing.


    Also note that it takes at least 4.5 hours to drive to the Lodge at legal speeds from the edges of Adelaide (Glen Osmond Tollgate) or Melbourne (Westgate Bridge), the highway has heavy vehicle traffic on it 24/7, and long stretches of the highway are single lane. Please schedule your journey to arrive before 6pm.

    6pm -- Dinner, the welcome address, and the weather forecast for the night/weekend.

    8:00pm to 10:00pm -- Public astronomy session on the main lawn, weather permitting.

    8:30pm -- Barry & Kay & Gavan's Movie of the night (if you're not outside observing).

    9:30pm -- End of astronomical twilight.



  • SATURDAY
    Midnight to 10am -- QUIET TIME so that everyone gets adequate sleep.

    12 noon -- Lunch

    1:00pm Presentations (in the dining room)

    1:00pm Perry Vlahos -- Getting Started with Binoculars and Telescopes. What to Do, Where to Point. Intended for astronomy novices.

    2:00pm Paul Haese -- Objects: near and far. Some objects Paul has imaged in the past few years using deep integration. It looks at the interesting aspects of each image and why he chose to image those objects. See examples of Paul's images at his website.

    3pm-3:30pm afternoon tea.

    3:30pm Paul Haese -- Unattended Imaging: the progression towards deep integration. A technical discussion of the crucial steps needed to image targets using deep integration.

    5:45pm -- Group Photo on the main lawn prior to dinner.

    6pm -- Dinner, followed by weather forecast for the night and the drawing of the Major Door Prizes.

    8:30pm -- Barry & Kay & Gavan's Movie of the night (if you're not outside observing).



  • SUNDAY
    Midnight to 10am -- QUIET TIME so that everyone gets adequate sleep.

    12 noon -- Lunch, followed by Free Time until dinner.

    6pm -- Dinner, followed by weather forecast for the night.

    7pm -- Lorraine & Fraser unveil the 2016 Other Quiz (with prizes for the winning team).

    8:30pm -- Barry & Kay & Gavan's Movie of the night (if you're not outside observing).



  • MONDAY
    Midnight to 10am -- QUIET TIME so that everyone gets adequate sleep.

    12 noon -- Lunch, followed by Free Time until dinner.

    6pm -- Dinner, followed by weather forecast for the night.

    8:30pm -- Barry & Kay & Gavan's Movie of the night (if you're not outside observing).



  • TUESDAY
    9:30am Early lunch and checkout before noon. If departing early, prepacked lunches can be arranged with Lodge staff. See you all next year!



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