Public Outreach

One of the main objectives of the ASNSW is to bring together people who are interested in Astronomy and related sciences and to promote public interest and education in Astronomy. We provide astronomical observing facilities for Members, educational lectures for members and the public, educational content on our website, and we assist Members and the public to select, use and even construct telescopes and related instruments.

In keeping with this objective, some ASNSW members regularly volunteer at our own Crago Observatory, get involved with Astronomy Open Nights organised by other organisations, and participate in Local Open Nights for Scout groups, schools and community members.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of the activities described here are on hold.

Crago Observatory

Observing nights are normally scheduled throughout the year on Saturday nights closest to third-quarter Moon. More volunteers with telescopes are always welcome. For further information, refer to our Crago Observatory page.

Local Open Nights

Local Open Nights sometimes consist of an informative talk on whatever aspect of astronomy is of interest to the group, followed by observing through a range of members' telescopes (weather permitting). Schools, Scouts and other community groups may host Open Nights. If your group is interested in having ASNSW volunteers at an observing night, please use the Contact Us page and we can suggest a suitable date and time. The preferred evenings are around the time of First-Quarter Moon, as this means that the Moon may be viewed through telescopes in the evening after sunset.

Some Local Open Nights are designed especially for people who, due to their locality, are unable to attend those events which are held in the Sydney area. One such event has, in the past, been held at Ilford, in the Ilford Hall, attracting over 350 locals, and has proved to be a very rewarding experience, for both locals and participating members alike.

Astronomy Open Nights

ASNSW members regularly participate in the Macquarie University Astronomy Open Nights, and at various other events across Greater Sydney and surrounding regions.

Outreach Volunteers

If you are willing to volunteer a few hours of your time and a telescope for any local open nights, please go to Mailing Lists and request to be added to the "Outreach" mailing list.

For more information about the ASNSW, browse the website or use the Contact Us form, outlining any specific information you require.