BAS Observing Nights Recommence

2020 Observing Nights Get Started - Again

Saturday July 18th, 2020, a memorable night.

COVID-19 has delivered us a very disrupted year.  BAS hopes all of its members, and their families, have escaped the worst aspects of the disruption and everyone is safe and well. However, we have all been starved of telescope and astro-camera time under the stars in recent months. But last Saturday night delivered at least one form of antidote to our frustrations.

Our members conducted members-only observing evenings at our Maleny Golf Club and Harding’s Paddock sites. The sky was exceptionally clear and steady – exactly what we needed. Both sites were well supported by members and the planets put on a show for everyone.

Maleny plans to conduct another members-only night on Saturday, July 25th.  So, start packing your gear. You might just get to glimpse a comet too.

Some 2020 BAS Events to Recommence

As Queensland now moves to Covid-19 Stage 2 Restrictions we can now recommence limited BAS-Member-Only telescope evenings at Ipswich (Harding’s Paddock) and the Sunshine Coast (Maleny Golf Club). Please see the “BAS Members Events Calendar” on this website for specific details.

All events will be operating under Queensland Covid-19 restrictions:

  • maximum of 20 participants
  • wide social distancing telescope setup spacing
  • no sharing of equipment without liberal use of sanitiser product on gear and by users
  • name and contact details to be provided to the event coordinator on the night.

We are not yet able to commence our monthly meetings or public observing events. We await the move to Stage 3 Covid-19 Restrictions before considering such events.

BAS member – achievement award

BAS Member's - Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr Ken Wishaw for being recognised by the Queensland amateur astronomy community for research into human eye dark adaptation and the effects of red/amber light on adaptation speed and effectiveness. During 2018 Ken conduced research with volunteer astronomers at the Queensland Astrofest and Sunshine Coast BAS astronomy evenings, held at the Maleny Golf Club. His research found that the common red-wavelength light astronomers have been using for decades to protect night vision and speed dark adaptation, may not be the most efficient wavelength for in-door and at-the-scope lighting. Ken found that a more amber/orange wavelength may in fact be a better option.  Read more on the details of Ken’s research HERE.

Ken was recognised for this research at the 2019 Queensland Combined Astronomy Societies meeting held on December 6th at the University of Queensland. Well done Ken.

Ken also delivered an excellent talk at the meeting outlining the formation, objectives and recent achievements of the Australasian Dark Sky AllianceKen is one of the founding members of this initiative to help protect the night skies of Australia from the ravages of light pollution. Again, well done Ken.

Meritorious achievement award

Tony and Anne-Louise meritorious achievement award

The South-East Queensland Combined Astronomy Societies annual meeting was held on Friday December 6th at the University of Queensland. BAS is very proud to announce that two of our most hard working members – Tony and Anne-Louise Surma-Hawes – were recognised by the Queensland amateur astronomy community for their many years of commitment and effort invested into the planning, delivery and management of the annual Queensland Astrofest event. For many years, Tony and Anne-Louise have been the BAS representatives on the organising committee for this multi-society event. Tony and Anne-Louise put in countless hours each year, that BAS members never see, to make the Queensland Astrofest one of the most highly regarded astronomy festivals on the planet. So, a very big thank you to Tony and Anne-Louise.  May the Astofest-force continue to be with you for many more years to come.

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Membership

Membership of BAS

As a member you will receive lots of benefits. You will receive our newsletters, have access to a wide selection of library material, and invitations to exclusive social events and astronomy field nights throughout the year. And best of all, you will meet many keen amateur astronomers to share your interest with and to learn from.

Membership Fees

– Full member $30.00
– Full Family membership $36.00
– Concession membership (Student and Pensioner) $18.00

The membership year is 1st January, and renewal is due on 31st December each year.

Membership Application Steps and Payment

How to renew your BAS membership 

Two simple options:

1- Come along to a monthly BAS meeting and pay in cash to our Treasurer, or
2- Pay online through your bank by direct deposit. (Just make sure to insert your name in the payment description box eg, JillSmith) And then send an email to membership@bas.asn.au telling us you have renewed your membership.

Our bank details are:

Account name: Brisbane Astronomical Society Inc
Bank: Bank of Queensland
BSB: 124030
Account Number: 10168155

How to join BAS and make payment as a new member 

Two simple options:

1- Come along to a monthly BAS meeting and pay in cash to our Treasurer, or
2- Pay online through your bank by direct deposit. (Just make sure to insert your name in the payment description box eg, JillSmith) And then send an email to membership@bas.asn.au telling us:
– your name,
– names of any other people covered by your application,
– category of membership you are seeking,
– address and a phone number,
– email address,
– your bank direct transfer payment amount.

Our bank details are:

Account name: Brisbane Astronomical Society Inc
Bank: Bank of Queensland
BSB: 124030
Account Number: 10168155

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