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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
  NE NSW    Stargrazing Festival NE NSW
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, 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: http://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: 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 in North Ryde, Sydney, commencing around 6:30 pm. See website for details.


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



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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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Stargrazing Festival NE NSW


The StarGrazing Festival is a developing annual astronomy festival at Ben Lomond Village, (between Armidale and Glenn Innes) NSW. One of the time and places those interested in astronomy can get together in the Northern Tablelands. After a successful trial in 2017, the next event is planned for 14–18 April 2018. The format has a public night on the 14th with the next four nights for amateurs and friends. If you are an amateur astronomer and want some observing away from city lights, you can do so at the village oval, north side of the village. See web site for more detail.


Web: http://ne-nsw-stargrazing-festival.tumblr.com



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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 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, Friday 3 to Sunday 12 August 2018. 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: 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 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 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). Activities include speakers, workshops, displays, observing and the convention dinner. The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society will host the 2019 one. More details on MPAS web site or 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 Nhill in western Victoria. Jointly hosted by the Astronomical Society of Victoria and the Astronomical Society of South Australia, it offers a weekend of social, astronomical and observing activities. VicSouth 2017 is scheduled for October 20 to October 23, the following one for 2 - 6 November 2018. See website for more details.


Web: http://www.vicsouth.info



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