2022 Queensland Astrofest

Queensland Astrofest 2022 is on.

It will take place at Camp Duckadang from Friday 22nd July through to Sunday 31st July 2022.

Event details are available, and accommodation bookings are now being accepted, at the Queensland Astrofest website: https://qldastriofest.org.au

The Queensland Astrofest was first held in 1993 and has been held every subsequent year up to 2019. The world then went on pause as we all focused on the health and well-being of communities at large; gatherings of people were restricted. Perhaps only when something is halted, do we fully appreciate its importance, and this is certainly true for this iconic astronomical event; an event which plays such a powerful role in popularising astronomy across all people in our communities, young and old alike.

It is difficult to concisely encapsulate what Astrofest means to the thousands of people that have attended the event over the past 29 years, from its humble beginnings in 1993 to the well-known and much-loved occasion it has become, run under the auspices of several Queensland Astronomical societies. The event brings together people from all different paths in life to enjoy a shared experience, to both teach and to learn from others and to pass on their passion to the next generation.

Brisbane Astronomical Society is especially proud of the role it played in that early genesis of an event that would go on to become one of the most enduring Astro Camps in the world today. We encourage all our members to indulge themselves and attend one or more nights to appreciate how special the event is.

We would also very much like to acknowledge the extremely generous support we have received from our sponsors over the years and they have really stepped up this year to make the return of Astrofest better than ever.

Sponsors for 2022 include:
Astro Anarchy
Palmway Optical
UNIFY Solutions

Full details of all our sponsors and the prizes they have donated this year, along with registration can be found on the Astrofest website, https://qldastriofest.org.au.

We look forward to seeing Brisbane Astronomical Society strongly represented amongst those attending.

BAS Management Committee for 2021-22

Following the vote by BAS members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, the following members were elected to the BAS Management Committee for 2021-22:

President – Peter Allison
Secretary – John Pitts
Treasurer – Subbarao Sivakumar
General Committee – Ken Wishaw
General Committee – Doug Edwards
General Committee – Bill McConnell
General Committee – Luke Michaux
General Committee – Denis Narramore
General Committee – Greg Newman
General Committe – Jarrod Sefton
General Committee – Mike Zupanc

Maleny Golf Club – Directions

BAS conducts regular telescope evenings for its Sunshine Coast members on the lawns of the Maleny Golf Club clubhouse.

The club’s street address is:  15 Porters Lane, North Maleny QLD, 4552

Most people initially head for Landsborough and then head up the Landsborough Maleny Road to Maleny itself.  Once in Maleny, drive straight through the first roundabout and then take the first right, Teak Street, to head towards North Maleny and the golf club.

The club site has toilets and a clubhouse that are available to BAS members and event attendees.

For a Google Maps location map, click here.

For a What3Words location map, click here. Or insert the following three words into the app: responsible.bananas.croaking

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.

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/WSyxivWjmXuBBhwH8

What3Words: https://w3w.co/thigh.saves.shout

Calvert Aero Modelling Field – Directions

How to Find Your Way to the Calvert Observing Site

The location is recognised by two names searchable within Google Maps:

  • Calvert Aero Modelling Society
  • Gratton Field

If driving from Brisbane, head for Rosewood. Then take the Rosewood Laidley Rd west for 7.6km. Just after the first right-hand curve in the road look for two small bus stop shelters. Immediately after turn left into Calvert Station Road, cross the rail line and creek and immediately turn left into Bourke Rd, West. Proceed 260m to a gate entrance on the right with two white flag poles. Drive down the lane at no more than 20kph and you have arrived.

Google Maps link to Calvert location: HERE  Search Google maps with either of these terms: “Calvert Aero Modelling Society” or “Gratton Field”

Waht3Words link to Calvert location: HERE or here: https://w3w.co/logos.recycle.helpful

Calvert entrance gate with two white flag poles.

BAS Monthly Meeting Venue 2021-22 – Coorparoo

Provided COVID-19 restrictions and incidents do not cause the cancellation of our physical monthly meetings, all meeting from October 2020 through until November 2021 will be held at:

The Coorparoo School of Arts Memorial Hall

210 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo QLD 4151

Meetings start at 7:30pm and run to around 9:30pm

Google Maps location: here

What3Words location: here

Any changes to monthly meeting status will be announced on the BAS Facebook page and via email direct to BAS members.