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The following lists astronomical events known to the authors. This list is by no means intended to be exhaustive.  If you know of, or run an event that we do not have listed, please contact us with the details.

Location Event or Resource
Australia        National Science Week
New South Wales    Parkes    CWAS AstroFest
  Sydney    Macquarie University Astronomy Open Nights
  Ilford    South Pacific Star Party
  Parkes    NACAA
Queensland    Brisbane    BAS Moon & Planet Telescope viewing Nights
  Duckadang, Qld    Queensland Astrofest (Duckadang, Qld)
  Brisbane    Urban Observers
South Australia    Nhill, western Vic    VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party
Victoria    Nhill, western Vic    VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party
  Frankston    VASTROC (Vic)
Western Australia    Bentley, WA    Astrofest WA



National Science Week


Held in August each year, it celebrates Australian science and aims to increase public awareness of the role that science, engineering, mathematics, innovation and technology play in our daily lives and to encourage younger people to become involved. Astronomy is a key component, and amateur societies are ideally placed for such outreach. Support is available for event holders. See the web site for more information.


Web: www.scienceweek.net.au



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CWAS AstroFest


The CWAS AstroFest is sponsored by the Central West Astronomical Society and held annually in July. The AstroFest incorporates a two day conference and related activities including the David Malin Astrophotography Exhibition and Competition which is open to all amateur astrophotographers. World-renowned professional and amateur astronomers also share their knowledge and experiences.


Address: CWAS AstroFest, PO Box 819 Parkes NSW 2870
Contact: Contact John Sarkissian (Local Organising Committee), for email, see web site.
Web: www.cwas.org.au/astrofest/



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Macquarie University Astronomy Open Nights


These nights are designed for the general public. Activities include a special guest speaker, commercial stands and telescopes operated by MQ academic/research staff and local amateurs. They are held once a year on a Saturday night around a First Quarter Moon. The venue is Macquarie University in North Ryde, Sydney, commencing around 6:30 pm. See website for dates and details.


Address: Dept of Physics, Macquarie Uni NSW 2109
Web: physics.mq.edu.au/aon



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South Pacific Star Party


An annual national gathering of amateurs for observing under country skies. It is held at the Astronomical Society of NSW's property at Ilford, NSW. This major event now attracts over 300 people. Advance registrations required. See the society web site for more details.


Contact: For email, see web site.
Web: www.asnsw.com/spsp



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The National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers is a regular national forum at which amateur astronomers can exchange experiences, stay abreast of the latest trends, foster co-operative activities between individuals, societies and the professional sphere. They are held over Easter every two years. The 29th NACAA will be held at Parkes NSW in 2020, hosted by the Central West Astronomical Society.


Web: www.nacaa.org.au



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BAS Moon & Planet Telescope viewing Nights


The Brisbane Astronomical Society (BAS) holds regular free public viewing nights at Mt Coot-tha Lookout in Brisbane and at Maleny Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast. These are usually the first Saturday after the New Moon. Check website for dates and times.


Address: Brisbane Astronomical Society Inc PO Box 15892, City East Qld 4002
Contact: For email, see web site.
Web: www.bas.asn.au/index.php/events



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Queensland Astrofest (Duckadang, Qld)


The Queensland Astrofest is held annually at the Lions Club Camp Duckadang, situated at Linville 160 km northwest of Brisbane. There is bunk house accommodation and room for camping and caravans. Power is also available. Queensland Astrofest boasts a nine day format, and is normally held late August. Each Saturday has vendor sales and talks. Workshops are run covering various topics. The renowned Astro-Feast is held on the last Saturday night. More details are on the Web site. Registration opens April/May, early bookings are recommended.


Address: Lions Camp Duckadang, 117 Avoca Creek Rd, Linville Qld 4306
Contact: Contact registrar, for email, see web site.
Web: www.qldastrofest.org.au



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Urban Observers


The South East Queensland Astronomical Society holds free public viewing nights 'Urban Observers' at the Barrett Street Reserve, Bracken Ridge (entry off Jude St) on the Saturday night around First Quarter Moon of each month (weather permitting). Special events are also organised. All welcome.


Address: SEQAS, PO Box 60, Everton Park Qld 4053
Contact: Contact Julie Straayer 0411 047 439, for email, see web site.
Web: www.seqas.org



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VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party


See entry for VicSouth under Victoria.




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VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party


Jointly hosted by the Astronomical Society of Victoria and the Astronomical Society of South Australia, the VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party is an annual weekend of astronomy, held at the Little Desert Nature Lodge about 16 km south of Nhill in western Victoria, roughly equidistant between Melbourne and Adelaide. It offers a weekend of social, astronomical and observing activities. VicSouth 2019 is scheduled for 25 - 28 October . In 2020 it is planned for 16 - 19 October. See website for more details.


Web: www.vicsouth.info



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Victorian Amateur Astronomical Societies' Conventions (VASTROC) are held every second year (alternating years with NACAA). Activities include speakers, workshops, displays, observing and the convention dinner. More details on the VASTROC web site when available.


Web: vastroc.net




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Astrofest WA


WA's biggest astronomy festival is held in Perth annually. 2019 was the 10th anniversary. It's free and great family fun with 50+ telescopes to look through, special guest presenters, hands on activities for kids, astrophotography exhibition, space shows, space domes and information stalls. Discover more about astronomy and stargazing in WA and how you can get involved, start studying or begin a career. The next is on Saturday 29 February 2020 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Curtin Stadium, Curtin University, next to Edinburgh Oval, Bentley. Hosted by Astronomy WA.


Web: www.astronomywa.net.au



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