On Monday 7 August from 6:30 pm there will be a double event at Sydney Observatory.
First there will be the opening of a spectacular photographic display. This is from the 2006 “David Malin” Awards that was held during the CWAS Astrofest in July.
The Overall Winner of the Awards was Peter Ward for his picture titled; “Eclipse Sequence”. The category winners were:
Zac Pujic – Amateur: Solar System
Gary Hill – Amateur: Wide-Field
Michael Sidonio – Amateur: Deep Sky
Eddie Trimarchi – Semi-Pro: Deep Sky
Peter Ward – Semi-Pro: Solar System
Canon Australia was the major supporter of the Awards with prizes to the value of $5,000 donated.
The photo shows all the winners with world renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin (in the blue shirt). Courtesy John Sarkissian.
The exhibition opening will be followed by an interesting talk at a meeting of the Sydney City Skywatchers. The speaker is Dave Gault from the Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group. He will be talking about “What’s it like to be an Umbra-Holic”:
Astronomers have been timing lunar occultations for years, trying to refine knowledge of the moon and the stars beyond. New techniques and equipment are within easy reach of the Amateur Astronomer that is revitalising the study of all types of occultations.
Using an ‘ordinary’ telescope, with a sensitive video camera, a GPS time inserter, free software and a ‘personal occulting disk’ the amateur can resolve double stars beyond the Dawes Limit. A team of like minded amateurs can measure the profile of an asteroid to a precision surpassing huge telescopes like KECK or Gemini. That’s where we are now.
Where are we going? Faster and more sensitive cameras, greater precision and the goal of measuring a chord across a Kupier Belt Asteroid beyond Pluto.
All welcome. There will be a charge of $2 for supper after the Skywatchers talk.