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21-03-2011, 02:41 PM
Just a note that anyone going to be anywhere near Mackay on the weekend of June 4-5th our local group is having a camp at Eungella (http://tropicalstargazers.webs.com/apps/calendar/showEvent?calID=4166544&eventID=123735520) almost 1 klm high with great 360 deg views. Check out the link for info if interested.
Thanks for the open invitation Warren.
We don't plan on being in Mackay in June, but we do get up there once in a while,
including to Eungella, and it would be great to say "hi" to you and the Tropicalstargazers at some point in the future.
Good luck with the weekend.
Wildcard Innovations Pty. Ltd.
20 Kilmory Place
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
21-03-2011, 03:09 PM
We have fingers crossed for good weather no sign of it clearing up yet :shrug:
Looking good Warren!!! Now if I can just ditch this flu/cold...
Were all meeting here. http://www.eungellachalet.com.au/Welcome%20to%20the%20Eungella%20Cha let.html
Not a lot of people know that the Eungella suffered so much damage from Cyclone Ului. Great to see these people back on there feet.
05-06-2011, 10:38 AM
What a night is all i can say, and what a great spot. At nearly 1000m and perfect viewing conditions the 5 of us that were there enjoyed alot of what the clear sky had to offer.
Starting off the night with Saturn, and on top of that been able to see 4 of Saturns moons along side was an extra bonus.
My next target was the Ghost of Jupiter, a target I have myself not gone for before but after a few minutes of following a star map and star hopping then a little bit of looking around i found the object. It appeared as a aqua/turquoise dot about 3mm in diameter in my field of view. Spectacluar.
After that the next amazing object to see at a dark site was Omega Centauri. What a great globular cluster. Very defined view of this. We also compared it between each others scopes, my 8 inch newt, Kel's 10 inch newt and Rob's 5 inch SC. Each had a different view of the globular cluster that gave it a more unique perspective.
Anyhow, time for some catch up sleep. Im sure the other have something to add...like Piccys :D
05-06-2011, 09:15 PM
Awesome night, with a kindly dairy farmer keeping his herd at bay!
A great dark sky site, though the dew had to be fought hard to keep the SCT clear.
Saturn, Ghost of Jupiter, Omega Cluster, Tarantula Nebula, and Sombrero Galaxy were a few of the many highlights.
06-06-2011, 07:37 PM
and there we all are...Tropical Stargazers :D
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