About IceInSpace
What is IceInSpace?

IceInSpace is a community website dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in the southern hemisphere - including Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa and parts of Asia. We aim to help stargazers from around the world discover, discuss and enjoy the beauty of our night sky.

IceInSpace is 100% free to join and free to use, all you need is a valid email address. By registering with our community you will be able to post topics on the IceInSpace Forum, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and images and access many other special features.

Please register here. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, so why not take a minute to join our community today. If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.


IceInSpace was formed in September 2004 and started out as the personal homepage of Mike Salway. As features were added to IceInSpace it became a community site for amateur astronomers in Australia and New Zealand. As more and more people discover the benefits of IceInSpace, the site has now grown to be the largest and most active amateur astronomy community in the Southern Hemisphere.

We've played a significant role in the advancement of amateur astronomy in our region through the sharing of advice and ideas, bringing like-minded people together and giving them a place to feel comfortable and communicate with others who have similar interests to them. We play an active role in promoting astronomy and ensuring that newcomers to the hobby get the right advice and make the right purchase when deciding on their first telescope.

With technological advances and improvement of techniques for Astrophotography, IceInSpace has been there to give astrophotographers a place to share their images, ask questions, offer and receive advice. This open sharing of information by our community is a cornerstone of the IceInSpace spirit, and has played a direct role in helping to lift the overall standard of astrophotography in Australia and our region.

IceInSpace also now has its own annual star party, the IceInSpace AstroCamp (IISAC), held each year in the Hunter Valley of NSW. There's no better place than a star party to meet up with fellow astronomers and enjoy observing under clear, dark skies through a wide range of telescopes. 


IceInSpace is owned and operated by Mike Salway (iceman) and Terry Mohan (mojo). Mike and Terry have known each other since 2000, and have collaborated on other projects. Both live in Australia and so IceInSpace was born from a desire to learn, share and discuss Astronomy from a Southern Hemisphere perspective.

Mike lives on the Central Coast of NSW, and is an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Read more about Mike Salway.

Terry lives in Melbourne, Victoria, and runs his own software development company.


IceInSpace is dedicated to advancing amateur astronomy in Australia & New Zealand. Your ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated to help us provide you and the community with the best possible service. Please feel free to contact us about any problems, suggestions or contributions that you may have.   


A number of people have offered to make a monetary contribution in order to support the up-keep of IceInSpace. If you would like to make a contribution, please see our Donate to IceInSpace page. We appreciate your support.

Terms of Service

All communities need rules to ensure open, honest and free-flowing communication between its members. The IceInSpace Terms of Service (ToS) is a set of rules and guidelines that help to build the IceInSpace spirit - the friendly, family-oriented atmosphere that we have fostered and encouraged over the years. By using IceInSpace you agree to the Terms of Service.

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