The 2017 CWAS AstroFest - 15 to 16 July 2017
CWAS AstroFest

15 - 16 July 2017

Celebrating Astronomy in the Central West

The Conference Registration fee is $50 per person
(Conference + Workshops = $70 or $90)

Click here to complete the online Registration    

The Central West of NSW boasts some of the darkest skies in Australia, and as such it is a wonderful place to appreciate the wonders of the night sky. In an effort to foster, encourage and promote astronomy in the region, the Central West Astronomical Society is holding its annual festival of astronomy, or AstroFest, this July. The festival endeavours to bring to the people of the Central West world renowned astronomers, both professional and amateur, so they may share their enthusiasm and love of the heavens.

The CWAS AstroFest will incorporate a one day conference and a programme of associated events. The conference will be held in the Coventry Room at Parkes Shire Library and Cultural Centre on Saturday, 15 July 2017. In a series of lectures, guest speakers will provide fascinating insights into various aspects of modern astronomy. On Sunday, 16 July, events will move to the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre with a programme of daytime astronomy and talks.

On Saturday night, 15 July, the conference dinner will be held at the Comfort Inn Bushman's Hotel.

Click here for Accommodation Information in Parkes.

The Associated Events:

  • An astrophotography competition will be open to all amateur astronomers in Australia. An exhibition of the best photographs will be on display at the Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre from Sunday, 16 July, for the entire year. Dr David Malin, the world-renowned astrophotographer, will judge the entries. The 2017 CWAS "David Malin Awards" will be presented at a special ceremony held during the conference dinner on Saturday, 15 July. Following the AstroFest, the exhibition will tour to various venues across Australia beginning with Sydney Observatory in August. Canon Australia is supporting the competition with significant prizes.
  • From 10:00 AM on the Sunday morning, 16 July, the 2017 CWAS "David Malin Awards" exhibition will be officially opened at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitors Centre.
  • From 11:00 AM on the Sunday morning, 16 July, Dr Brad Tucker, will present a public talk titled, "Explosions and Collisions in Space", in the Visitors Centre lecture theatre.
  • In addition, from 11:00 AM, two workshops on astrophotography will be conducted by Christopher Go and Dr Yuri Beletsky for those pre-registered.

  • Throughout the day on, Sunday, 16 July, daytime astronomy viewings will be conducted on the lawns of the Visitors Centre by members of the CWAS. Telescopes will be set up in the grounds of the Visitors Centre, for viewing the bright stars, planets, the Sun and the Moon during daylight (weather permitting).
  • Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at the Dish Cafe.

The Conference Programme: Saturday, 15th July, 2017

Venue: The Coventry Room of Parkes Shire Council's Library and Cultural Centre - Find map here

From 09:00    Registration

10:00-11:00    Dr Yuri Beletsky (TWAN):  "Chilescope - Remote Observatory for Astrophotographers"

11:30-12:30    Christopher Go:  "Adventures of a Planetary Imager: From Webcam to Hubble"

12:30-13:30    Lunch - Provided for all registrants

13:30-14:30    Dr Brad Tucker (ANU): "Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the end of the Universe"

15:30-16:30    Civic Reception:  Coventry Room at Parkes Shire Library and Cultural Centre. Hosted by Mayor, Cr Ken Keith

16:30-17:30    Peter Robertson (University of Melbourne): "John Bolton and a New Window on the Universe "  - The John Bolton Lecture

From 18:30    Conference Dinner - Comfort Inn Bushman's Hotel, Parkes.
    Includes the Presentation of the 2017 CWAS "David Malin Awards"

The Conference Programme: Sunday, 16th July, 2017

Venue: The Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

From 09:00    Daytime astronomy by the CWAS members - all day (weather permitting).

10:00-10:30    Official opening of the 2017 CWAS "David Malin Awards" exhibition in the Bowen Room.

11:00-11:30    Dr Brad Tucker:  "Explosions and Collisions in Space" - Public Lecture

Astrophotography Workshops: Sunday, 16th July, 2017

Venue: The Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

11:00-13:30    Christopher Go:  "High Resolution Planetary Imaging Workflow" - Registrants Only

14:00-16:30    Dr Yuri Beletsky:  "Nightscape Photography" - Registrants Only

So come along and enjoy the hospitality of the Central West and share an unforgettable astronomical experience. See you there.

CWAS AstroFest
Organising Committee

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