As the oldest operating astronomical association in Sydney the Sydney City Skywatchers carries a proud tradition from the days when the first amateurs in Australia gathered to call themselves 'The Sydney Comet Watchers'. They soon became 'The New South Wales Branch of the British Astronomical Association'. The nascent BAA was showing their influence and the NSW BAA flourished attracting the most significant and dedicated amateurs in Australian Astronomy. Since 1895 our aims to service amateurs in Astronomy have not changed.
Our Aims We encourage the association of amateur observers working with small telescopes, for the mutual help and organisation of astronomical observation, the circulation of current information and the encouragment of the popular interest in astronomy.
Our Meetings We conduct our meetings on the first Monday of each month, at Sydney Observatory in the Discovery room ( fondly referred to as 'The Dungeon'). These meetings are a mixture of a brief synopsis of our current activities, observing reports and a guest speaker. The meeting is started at precisely 6:30pm There is cost of entry at $2.
Meeting Program 2013 The meeting programme for 2013 can be found here.
Our Activities From time to time during the year we conduct activities additional to the monthly meetings. The activities will have an astronomical theme and this year we have a few planned. The activities MUST be restricted to financial members. This year we activities such as:
Tebbutt's Observatory in Windsor .
Radio Telescope telescope site at Dover Heights.
First attempts at Astronomy in the early colony with a look at Dawes and Dagelet.
Our Library We have a comprehensive library based at Sydney Observatory, which is comprised of modern and historic texts on Astronomy, the library is available to members at meetings or by arrangement with our Librarian and Sydney Observatory.
Contact Us Need to know more then ask the Committee
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Observing The Skies in 2013 The easiest way to observe the skies is to go outside and look out, look out into the Universe. Go outside anytime, day or night and you can look out. In the daytime you can see the Sun, the Moon, sometimes some planets. At night you can see the grande vista of our home Galaxy, other Galaxies. You can just look out or you can look out and understand. You can go further, you can 'do astronomy'. To find out how start here.
OR if you want to do it all yourself follow our great astro links.