Location Directions – Tingalpa Aero Modelling Club

BAS will conduct periodic, hopefully monthly, telescope nights within metro Brisbane, at the Tingalpa Aero Modelling Club facility at Stanton Road, West, Tingalpa.

BAS members will be informed of these events, in advance, via email.  Specific date and time information will be provided in the emails.

The location provides extensive grassed areas with minimal directly-intrusive street lighting.  These nights will be an excellent opportunity for telescope beginners to hone their skills before heading out of the city to darker skies.

Telescope setup will be in the grassed carpark area just to the west of the main aero club facilities.  BAS will have the key to operate the Stanton Road security boom gate to the parkland area.

The address is Stanton Road, West, Tingalpa.

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