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Southern Astronomical Society supports Star Stuff11

Noeleen Lowndes - April 6, 2018



Date: Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th July 2018

Venue: At Elements of Bryon Resort, Bryon Bay NSW ~ 

After the incredible successful Star Stuff cosmic event of last year, SAS member Dylan O’Donnell has been working very hard to repeat this outstanding astronomical event again for this year, and our astronomy club is very proud to be supporting him with this inspiring ‘Festival of the Cosmos’.

You only have to look at the remarkable line-up of the astronomy and science keynote speakers that are attending to get a feel that this is an astronomical event that you don’t want to miss!

On the weekend will be three renowned international guests attending, Fraser Cain (University Today) Geoff Notkin (Meteorite Expert) and Amy Shira Teitel (Space Historian).

Other renowned guests will be Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne/ABC) Dr David Malin (AAO), Dr Cathal O’Connell (Cosmos Magazine) comet discover Terry Lovejoy, John Sarkissian (CSIRO), Greg Quicke aka “Space Gandalf”, Gilmour Space Technologies and our own local astronomer Dylan O’Donnell.

There will also be on site daytime solar viewings through dedicated solar telescopes and night time viewings through large telescopes kindly provided by members from the Southern Astronomical Society (weather permitting)

If you are thinking about buying a telescope or any other astronomical equipment, vendors from Celestron and Bintel will be on site to help with all your enquiries.

There will also be other astronomical related retailers attending to tempt you into buying some new astro goodies 🙂

This is a weekend not to be missed with the general admission tickets, at just $129 (AUD), which includes 10 sessions over the two days, plus solar and night time viewings (weather permitting).

The VIP ticket, which costs $259, which includes 10 sessions over the two days, plus solar and night time viewings (weather permitting). It also includes the special VIP dinner with Fraser Cain as the guest speaker for the evening.

As an added bonus, every VIP ticket will go into the draw to win a Celestron Evolution 6 Computerised Telescope worth $2400 (AUD) and the winner will be drawn at the dinner…what a wonderful prize!

To book your tickets please go to the ‘Star Stuff 11′ website at:

Fraser Cain YouTube video to welcome you to the Star Stuff event at:


~ 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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