6:30pm till about 8:30pm, first Monday of the month
in Sydney Observatory’s basement Discovery Room
We encourage new members to join, no experience is necessary!
Join the oldest operating astronomical group in Sydney. The group provides an opportunity for those interested in astronomy to share and broaden their interest in the sky. People at all levels are catered for – from beginners to serious amateur astronomers. Whether you want to listen to a lecture or discuss serious observing through a telescope, this is the club for you.
Meetings are held on the first Monday of most months and usually begin with brief reports on solar activity and other astronomical observations made during the month by club members, followed by either a presentation from a guest speaker or telescope viewing followed by a light supper. We provide information below about special presentations. There is a $2 fee for each meeting (to cover the cost of the light supper). Bookings are not required. Meetings conclude around 8:30pm.
Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings before deciding whether to become a member. (We ask only a $2 donation towards the cost of supper.) It is possible to join Sydney City Skywatchers on the evening or take home a membership form. Annual membership is $40 for lots of great benefits ($65 for family membership).
Monday 2 September, 6:30-8:30pm
Special skywatchers viewing and Sydney Planetarium evening
If you have a telescope of binoculars bring them but otherwise use the Skywatcher club’s scopes and binoculars. There will also be the opportunity to explore a virtual sky in Sydney Observatory’s planetarium during the evening.
Telescope viewing and planetarium 6:30 to 7:30pm. Members’ presentations will be held from 7:30 to 8:30pm with supper in the relaxed atmosphere of the Russell Room.
Monday 7 October, 6:30pm
Photographing the night sky
Peter Ward, award-winning astrophotographer
Peter Ward has won multiple awards in Australia and overseas for his amazing images. His and Lynette Ward’s photographs are currently featured in the Winning Sky Photos: 2013 David Malin Awards exhibition on display at Sydney Observatory until 20 October. As the guest speaker for the Sydney City Skywatchers October meeting Peter will tell us what goes on behind the scenes to take these images and what inspired him to be one of Australia’s outstanding astrophotographers.
Peter Ward Bio
Peter lives in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire his lovely wife, two children, three cats and a national park load of sulphur-crested cockatoos. He began his life-long interest in astronomy in 1965 after receiving a Golden Book in titled ‘The world of Science’…which at the time listed the 200-inch Hale Telescope as the world’s largest! Peter graduated in the 1970s from UWA with a science degree, with a view to working in astronomy, but his other passion was aviation. Peter currently flies internationally for Qantas and has logged over 18,000 hours as a pilot on their Boeing 767, 747 and Airbus A380 Super-jumbo fleets.
Most of his astrophotographs are taken from his backyard observatory using various telescopes including a 14-inch RCOS, 12-inch Riccardi-Honders astrograph and 6-inch Astro-Physics refractor using a SBIG and Point Grey CCD cameras.
CWAS David Malin Astro-photographic awards: Overall prize winner in 2006 and has received awards in every year of the competition (bar the very first: he and Steven Quirk were judges, hence excluded from entering) including 8 category wins, 2 innovation prizes, 21 honourable mentions (plus around a dozen or more, highly commended entries).
Inaugural Sky & Telescope Beautiful Universe Solar System Astrophotographic Competition: Winner of Solar System prize, including the people choice award.
Royal Observatory Greenwich Observatory Astrophotographer of the year: finalist in 2011 and 2012 and 2013 for Solar System photography.
Australian Museum Eureka Prize: Science-Photography finalist in 2012
NASA Astronomy picture of the day (APOD): 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013
Associate editor and reviewer with Sky and Space magazine
Numerous images published by Australian Geographic, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Australian Sky & Telescope, Sky & Space, Australian Photography, & The Bulletin Magazines, The Herald-Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, Harper-Collins & The Royal Greenwich Observatory, plus several astronomy text books.