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VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party 2017


Last updated 2017 September 10


VicSouth 2017 is scheduled to occur from Friday October 20 to Monday October 23.
Download the 2017 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 20, 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.

Our sponsors this year include:


Sidereal Trading
, who are donating a QHY Polemaster polar alignment camera.


Sky-Watcher Australia
, who are donating a Skywatcher 82deg Ultrawide Eyepiece Kit, and Meade 10x50 binoculars.


What's happening?

  • FRIDAY (sunset at the Lodge is at 7:20pm AEDT)

    3pm to 6pm -- VicSouth registration (with Door Prize raffle ticket to each registrant).
    REGISTER BEFORE YOU START UNPACKING/SETTING UP ANY EQUIPMENT.
    VicSouth 2017 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 at the Lodge 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).

    8:50pm -- 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) including:

       1 -- BLACK SUN AFTERNOON. Images of the recent total solar eclipse.

       2 -- Displays by our sponsors.

    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 2017 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
    9:30am Early lunch and checkout before noon. If departing early, prepacked lunches can be arranged with Lodge staff. See you all next year!



Tentative dates for subsequent VicSouths are:

  • 2018 : Friday November 2 to Tuesday November 6 (the Melbourne Cup public holiday).
  • 2019 : Friday October 25 to Monday October 28.
  • 2020 : Friday October 16 to Monday October 19.


go to VicSouth 2016

go to VicSouth 2018