BAS Monthly Meeting Venue 2020/21

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

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.

 

 

 

Excellent introduction to astronomy

Openstax.org is an initiative of Rice University that provides free educational materials to students world-wide.  In January 2020 Openstax published a web version of their textbook – Astronomy. This text provides an excellent introduction to many aspects of astronomy, from the fundamental science to galaxies, quasar, black holes and beyond.  This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about astronomy. Get web access to the book here.

BAS Management Committee for 2020/21

BAS held its first on-line Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 4th, 2020.  We are pleased to announce an expanded Committee for the coming year, comprising:

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

We look forward to progressing BAS over the coming year, serving our members and advancing the interests of amateur astronomy.

2020 BAS Annual General Meeting

The 2020 BAS Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, September 4th, starting at 7:30pm, and conducted online using the Zoom platform. A few days prior to the meeting, an email will be sent to all current BAS members with log-in details and the meeting agenda. One important item of business is the election of the BAS Management Committee for the upcoming year.

2020/21 BAS Management Committee Nominations
All current Committee members have renominated for the 2020/21 term. Current nominations are:
President – Peter Allison
Secretary – Ken Wishaw
Treasurer – Subbarao Sivakumar
General Committee – Doug Edwards
General Committee – Bill McConnell
General Committee – Denis Narramore
General Committee – Greg Newman
General Committee – John Pitts
General Committee – Ken Wishaw

I also call for additional nominations to join the BAS Management Committee. Please email me if you would like to nominate for Committee – president@bas.asn.au

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.

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