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~ SAS Lunar Night for InOMN 28th October 2017 ~

Noeleen Lowndes - October 10, 2017


SAS ‘International Observe the Moon Night’ (InOMN)

Saturday the 28th October 2017 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Venue: Woodstock Property at 231 Plunkett Road, Tamborine

Calling all Luna-lovers, come along and enjoy an evening looking at our closest celestial neighbour with members from the SAS.

This InOMN event is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to look up and take notice of our nearest neighbour, the Moon.

Gold coin entry donation appreciated Sausage sizzle proceeds towards Tamborine Village Lions Clubs projects

***Weather permitting*** 

Contact Bryan for more information: 0431096511 or 0401217347

   flyer InIOM night sat oct 28 2017


~ SAS member Dylan O’Donnell images on APOD and ESA websites ~

Noeleen Lowndes - August 8, 2015

Dylan’s awesome image of the ISS traversing across the lunar surface has been presented on the NASA ‘Astronomy Picture of the Day’ website for the 31st July 2015.

9.Dylan APOD


Dylan’s text me to say that Commander Scott Kelly just shared his APOD picture from space! With the “Here I am!” How cool was that!
Congratulations Dylan on your second image to be highlighted on the APOD website 🙂

~ Dylan photographs the ESA tracking station in Western Australia ~

Dylans Image

Dylan’s was also invited to visit the European Space Agency’s Deep Space Tracking station in WA in early August where he took some beautiful images of the radio telescope with the Southern Cross.

I’m sure we are going to hear all about and see many more images at our next general meeting in September…what a wonderful opportunity, great work Dylan 🙂

Please go to the link below to see his image with the information at:

To see more of Dylan’s stunning image please go to his website at:

~ SAS member Dylan O’Donnell captures stunning image of the Moon and the ISS ~

Noeleen Lowndes - July 10, 2015


Just once in a while somebody captures and image and all you can say is ‘Wow’

On the 30th June 2015, Dylan set up his large telescope in his garden at Bryon Bay and waited…and what he captured was an amazingly clear and perfect image of the ISS against the majestic surface of the lunar surface.

This was a remarkable shot that had to have a perfect alignment with the Moon and a split second exposure to capture the outline of the ISS is such clear detail. I must add too, that you really need nerves of steel when taking an image like this, because you only get one shot at it…and it all came together for Dylan on this evening…’Congratulations’ on such an awesome image!


~ Dylan’s stunning image of the Moon and the ISS ~

Since taking his image 10 days ago, Dylan’s picture has gone viral on social media with so many people wanting to feature his stunning image on there websites. Dylan was also invited to talk about the event on ABC radio and has had his image published in many newspapers around the country.

Please go to his website at to find the whole list of where his image has been featured…you will be amazed!!! Time Magazine, European Space Agency (ESA) website at, IceInSpace and the list goes on and on, just incredible…Great work Dylan 🙂

Noeleen Lowndes (President)


Global Star Party! Live 1hr Weekly Astronomy Broadcast

Dylan O'Donnell - July 4, 2015

Hi all,

Just wanted to post some quick info here about the “Global Star Party” project I’ve been helping coordinate over the last month or so.

We broadcast live shows every week with the aim of sharing live views from telescopes around the world. We alternate between Eastern / Western / Southern / Northern hemispheres to try and showcase astronomers and astroimagers from all corners of the planet.

A few days before each broadcast on a weekend, we post the event schedule on YouTube and Google+ 

Watching the show is as easy as clicking the YouTube link and watching the video stream when it begins there.

If you’d like to participate, click on the Google Plus link and send us a message!

Here is the last episode (5) .. and all our episodes are available for replay!

Help NASA Observe Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from April – December 2015

Dylan O'Donnell - March 24, 2015


NASA wants amateur astronomers around the world to help observe Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (you know that one we freaking landing on?), as it reaches perihelion and outbound journey around the sun.

If you are interested head here and join the Facebook group as well.

SAS Member gets NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day!

Dylan O'Donnell - March 20, 2015

I won’t pretend to talk about myself in the third person beyond that headline. It was me! I can’t believe it, but my photo “Earthshine” which I shared at the SAS February meeting was used for todays NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. It was used to mark the equinox and has a great little write up on the NASA APOD site here.


(Click the photo for a higher resolution)

Layers & Layer Masks – Intro for Astrophotographers

Dylan O'Donnell - March 8, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 11.24.47 amHere are the keynote slides for the small presentation I did last night at the SAS monthly meeting in Ormeau, QLD.

Download Layers & Layer Masks – Intro for Astrophotographers PDF (8.9mb)

Celestial Kaleidoscope – Ballarat Astronomical Society Astrophotography Exhibition

Dylan O'Donnell - February 15, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 9.02.59 amThe Ballarat Observatory and Ballaarat Astronomical Society invite all astrophotographers to participate in the Celestial Kaleidoscope exhibition as part of the 2015 Ballarat International Foto Biennale fringe events. This year, in celebration of the International Year of Light, the theme of our exhibition is “Celebrating Light, Unlocking its Secrets”. Photographs can explore & highlight any aspect of light and the night sky, whether from an aesthetic or scientific perspective.

Please email us a maximum of your two best images, including a short blurb about the image and the size. Once selected we will email you with our approval and instructions on supplying your final photographs.

If you have any questions regarding the exhibition, feel free to contact the exhibition curator on 0429 199 312 or visit

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