Invitation to the Autumn 2012 Southern Star Party
The Autumn 2012 SSP will be held at Night Sky Caravan Park near Bonnievale, Western Cape.
09:00 Admin Table opens.
11:00 Solar Viewing
12:00 How to use the ConCards & Southern Star Wheel
14:00 Solar Viewing
15:00 How to use the ConCards & Southern Star Wheel
16:00 "A Million Ways to Die in 2012" (Auke Slotegraaf)
18:45 "What’s Up Tonight"
19:00+ Observing Challenge starts
19:00 Basic Point-and-Shoot Photography (Auke Slotegraaf, behind House J)
20:30 Admin Table closes
21:00 Observing time – dark sky conditions – only dim red lights please!
21:00 Binocular Tour of the Night Sky (Auke Slotegraaf, at the Admin Table)
22:00 Top Ten Telescope Treasures (Ed & Lynnette Foster, at the Admin Table)
23:00 Binocular Tour of the Night Sky (Auke Slotegraaf, at the Admin Table)
00:00 Top Ten Telescope Treasures (Ed & Lynnette Foster, at the Admin Table)
09:00 Admin Table opens for the day
09:45 Official Opening of the Autumn SSP
10:00 main presentation "What can and should one do to promote an interest in and passion for astronomy?" (Pierre de Villiers)
11:15 "The Scale and Rotation of our Solar System” (Wim Filmster)
13:30 "Astrophotography with a Small Telescope" (Leslie Rose)
14:00 "The Odyssey of Life" (Ed Foster)
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 "Introduction to radio telescopes and SKA/KAT" (Evan Knox-Davies)
15:45 "A demo of a different equatorial stand" (Wim Filmster)
16:00 Coffee break. Raffle winners announced.
16:30 "A Million Ways to Die in 2012" (Auke Slotegraaf)
17:00 Group Photo in the tent.
17:30 Astro Quiz
18:45 "What’s Up Tonight"
19:00 Observing time – dark sky conditions – only dim red lights please!
19:30 Binocular Tour of the Night Sky (Auke Slotegraaf, at the Admin Table)
20:30 Top Ten Telescope Treasures (Ed & Lynnette Foster, at the Admin Table)
03:30 Observing Challenge ends. Submit observations to Auke
10:00 Observing Challenge report-back. Hand in feedback forms. Thank You's and Good Bye's.
14:00 Vacate the site.
About our main speaker: Pierre de Villiers was trained as a physicist, enjoyed lecturing in the subject for ten years and then spent 18 intellectually stimulating and challenging years at Pelindaba before moving to Hermanus where he now co-owns a business with his squash partner from Hartbeespoort!
A keen photographer with a special interest in astrophysics, he decided long ago that his retirement hobby would be astrophotography. He is a founder member of the Hermanus Astronomy Centre (HAC) and is actively involved in its development.
His passion for sharing uplifting knowledge, insights and experiences with others is the underlying reason for the topic of his talk, which he hopes will elicit feedback to improve his own and the HAC’s effectiveness in achieving its vision, "Hermanus: a community knowledgeable about the Southern Skies".
Observing prospects for the SSP are excellent. Deep-time (that is, the total time that both the Sun and the Moon are absent from the night sky) is about as perfect as you can hope for. On both evenings, the sky will be dark from 19:40 to 05:30 the next morning, giving a wopping 9.9 hours of deep-time on each day.
Deep-sky observers interested in observing the 266 objects plotted on the ConCards will be able to see 243 of these splendid objects on each evening!
Anyone with an interest in star gazing should attend this wonderful event. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary. All levels of expertise will be catered for (from beginner to advanced).
Download the (2012 Autumn Southern Star Party Registration Form as a PDF, fill it in and mail it back to us.
Registration for the full week-end
Full participant - adult: R 225
Full participant - High School learner: R 50
Non-astronomical companion - adult: R 75
Non-astronomical companion - High School learner: R 25
Younger than High School age: FREE
A Full Participant is invited to attend all the talks and presentations, and take part in all events and workshops. A Non-astronomical companion is welcome to look though the telescopes and mingle with the crowd, but no talks, presentations, events or workshops may be attended. Your co-operating in this regard is much appreciated.
To attend for only one day: R 225
As of today (2012 April 04) all the wooden houses have already been booked. Ample camp sites are still available.
The terrain map (download as a PDF) shows the layout of the site with details of the accommodation.
Registration opened on Monday, March 26.
The Admin office will close on Monday, April 16.
2. Road map
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