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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.

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



National Science Week


Held in August each year, the aim of this week is a nationwide celebration of Australian science and has the objective 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 fascinated by the world we live in. Astronomy is always a key component, and amateur societies are ideally placed for such outreach. Support is available for event holders in each state and territory. See the web site for more information.


Web: http://www.scienceweek.net.au



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CWAS AstroFest


The CWAS AstroFest is sponsored by the Central West Astronomical Society and was first held in July 2004. 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 share their knowledge and experience in an exciting amateur astronomy festival. The CWAS AstroFest is held annually in July.


Address: CWAS AstroFest, PO Box 819 Parkes NSW 2870
Contact: Contact John Sarkissian (Local Organising Committee), for email, see web site.
Web: http://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, telescopes operated by local amateurs and commercial stands. They are held once a year, normally in March - May (a Saturday night around First Quarter Moon). The venue is Macquarie University (off Epping Rd, North Ryde, Sydney), commencing around 6:30 pm. See website for details.


Address: Dept of Physics, Macquarie Uni NSW 2109
Web: http://physics.mq.edu.au/community-schools/afa/opennight/



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South Pacific Star Party


An annual national gathering of amateurs for observing under country skies. This 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: http://www.asnsw.com/node/712



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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 on certain Saturdays nearest First Quarter Moon from 7 - 9 pm, check website for dates.


Address: Brisbane Astronomical Society Inc PO Box 15892, City East Qld 4002
Contact: For email, see web site.
Web: http://www.bas.asn.au/index.php/events/4-public-viewing-nights



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Queensland Astrofest (Duckadang, Qld)


The Queensland Astrofest, rated in the Top Ten of the world's best astrocamps (BBC Sky at Night 2007), is held annually at the Lions Club Camp Duckadang, situated at Linville 160 km northwest of Brisbane. It has a dark sky with bunk house accommodation. They have rooms for families with young children and plenty of room for camping and caravans. There is 240 volt power available for telescopes. Catered meals are available twice a day (about $9 per meal) from the camp managers; self-catering facilities will be available.
Queensland Astrofest boasts a nine day format, Friday 18 to Sunday 27 August 2017. Each Saturday will have vendor sales and talks from major speakers. Workshops will be run each day covering various topics such as how to polar align, and colour balancing in Photoshop. The renowned Astro-Feast is held on the last Saturday night of the camp.
Entries for the Erwin van der Velden Photography Awards can be lodged any time, but if it is after the start of the camp, you will lose votes from earlier visitors. More details are on the Web site. Qld Astrofest is a great environment for exchanging ideas and techniques.
Registration opens April/May, early registration and payment is recommended. Cancellations with 100% refund less an administrative fee of $5 at least two weeks before the start, after that the amount refunded will be at the discretion of the committee depending upon the reason.


Address: Lions Camp Duckadang, 117 Avoca Creek Rd, Linville Qld 4306
Contact: Contact registrar, for email, see web site.
Web: http://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 first and third Sunday of each month (weather permitting). All welcome.


Address: SEQAS, PO Box 60, Everton Park Qld 4053
Contact: Contact Julie Straayer (07) 3325 2479, for email, see web site.
Web: http://www.seqas.org



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The National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers Inc was started in 1967 and since has become 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, and network amongst their peers throughout Australia and beyond. They are held over Easter every two years. The 28th NACAA will be held at Ballarat, 30 March - 2 April 2018, hosted by the Ballaarat Astronomical Society.


Web: http://www.nacaa.org.au



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Victorian Amateur Astronomical Societies' Conventions (VASTROC) are held every second year (alternating years with NACAA Conventions). Activities include speakers, workshops, poster displays, observing and the convention dinner. Mt Burnet Observatory are hosting the 2017 Vastroc and Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society will host the 2019 one. More details on the VASTROC web site when available.


Web: http://vastroc.net



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VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party


The VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party is an annual weekend of astronomy, held at the Little Desert Nature Lodge about 16 km south of the town of Nhill in western Victoria. Jointly hosted by the Astronomical Society of Victoria and the Astronomical Society of South Australia, it offers a great weekend of social, astronomical and observing activities. VicSouth 2016 is from Friday October 28 to Monday November 1 (cup weekend) while VicSouth 2017 is scheduled for Friday October 20 to Monday October 23. See website for more details.


Web: http://www.vicsouth.info



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