As part of our growing activities, we are establishing some new observing groups for club members…

Binoculars, Blankets and Beach-chairs

As the name suggests, this group is aimed at people who would enjoy getting under the stars with an easy-to-use pair of binoculars. Binocular viewing with a group is a great introduction to astronomical observing and is a low stress way to learn the night sky. Blankets and beach-chairs also make it a very comfortable form of astronomy. For more information, email Rachel Pask at paskiegirl@hotmail.com

Astrophotography

At the moment, we are a small group of people with mixed experience levels and equipment. Our members shoot a range of images, from star-trails to long-exposure deep, sky images. If you would like to try for yourself, all you need to get started is a sturdy tripod, a camera that allows manual exposures (preferably a DSLR of some type), a shutter release and some patience. It is amazing what images can be created with some guidance & experimentation. For more information, email Graham Palmer at graham@grahampalmer.com

Telescope Viewing

Currently, our Pukerangi observatory is slowly being brought online. Once the power system is fully functioning, we will have three permanently mounted telescopes available under a beautiful dark sky. These instruments will allow us to observe a wide range of objects, from the moon & planets, to some very distant deep-sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies. At other times, we will use portable telescopes at various locations around the Napier area. For more information, email Graham Palmer at graham@grahampalmer.com