BAS has a Twitter/X account. This might be a useful inter-member communications channel. Members may message each other using some specific BAS #tags. This may make make it easier for members to see if other members also plan to attend specific BAS events.
The name of the BAS account is: @BrisAstronomy
A few hash-tags #tags have been created for the main events BAS conducts:
Mount Coot-tha Public Nights = #BASCootha Maleny Observatory Nights = #BASMaleny Calvert Model Aero Nights = #BASCalvert Cunningham Lookout Nights = #BASCunningham Warwick Archers Nights = #BASWarwick School Nights = #BASSchool
By posting on Twitter/X using a tag such as #BASMaleny, and saying you plan on attending a Maleny Observatory evening, other Twitter/X users can search for the #BASMaleny tag and see the messages left by members, and add to the converation. This may make planning attendance at an evening a bit more transparent.
Warwick and District Archers are located on Ford Rd, Rosenthal Heights, Warwick QLD 4370. Easiest access is via Glen Road from central Warwick and then turn left onto Ford Road. https://goo.gl/maps/9xTbo9JqVfHEx4qJ7
The Archers have a very large site on the western side of Ford Road. Facilities are good, including, dining pavilion, basic kitchen, tank water, flushing toilets, hot shower, large camping area, plenty of open space and good dark sky. The site is also only 15 minutes drive from Warwick and all its services. The sky is surprisingly dark even this close to Warwick.
However, please be aware there is no 240V power and no true overnight accommodation. Plenty of space for camping and also a swag on the dining pavilion floor is an option.
If BAS members demonstrate sufficient interest in the location we will explore opportunities to create accommodation on-site.
Cunningham Lookout is a compact telescope setup area about 40km south of Ipswich along the Cunningham Highway and 3.5km west of Warrill View. Turn right at Warrill View onto the Rosewood-Warrill View Road. The entrance track to the lookout (on your left) is half-way up the first hill after departing Warrill View.
It is recommended that you bring a camp chair and table, or something similar, as this site offers zero facilities. A little comfort, and keeping your gear off the dusty ground and damp grass, is a good thing.
Oxley Creek Common is an environmental parkland area located on Sherwood Road, Rocklea, about 500m west of the Rocklea fruit and Vegetable markets. Google Maps link:https://goo.gl/maps/MQW7a4Vgk257Bdkp8
The Common has a good facilities building with BBQ, water, toilets, 240v power. There is also plenty of room to setup telescopes. The format of these nights will be casual. We may run a short Powerpoint talk on some nights. But the focus will be on helping BAS members to progress their interest in astronomy and learn how to use telescopes and other astronomy and astrophotography equipment. The formats of these casual evening will evolve over time as BAS members bring new topics and issues forward for wider involvement.
At the September 9th Annual General Meeting, the following BAS members were elected to the BAS Management Committee for 2022/23
President – Peter Allison Secretary – John Pitts (and also Calvert Co-ordinator) Treasurer – Subbarao Sivakumar School Night Coordinator – Mike Zupanc General Committee – Ken Wishaw (and also Maleny Observatory Co-ordinator) General Committee – Doug Edwards General Committee – Denis Narramore