Southland StarDate 2021
From Friday the 11th to the 13th of June, the Southland Astronomical Society and guests are running our very own StarDate. This event is for like-minded people and those with a general interest in Astronomical Science and Astro Photography to listen and discuss our hobbies and jobs with others from around the region and country.
We will be holding this event at the Southland Astronomical Society's Oreti Sands Clubrooms, 254 Links Road at Sandy Point, Invercargill.
Register at Eventbrite.co.nz
Tickets range from $15 0 $200.
We will have guest speakers each day, including Assoc. Professor Karen Pollard and Fun with Science, presented by Amadeo Enriquez-Ballestero.
The first 45 people to register will be allocated space on a bus trip to the Awarua Satelite Tracking Facility and Radio Communications Museum. The Museum, like us, relies on donations to exist and will require a small donation per person. This bus trip will occur on the 12th of June, leaving from Feldwick Gates - Queens Park at 9.30 am.
Friday the 11th of June will kick off the event with registration starting at 1 pm and a meet and greet from 4 pm at Oreti Sands. Amie Young from Great South will give a talk about Dark Sky projects in and around Southland at 6.30 pm. At 7 pm, guest speakers Dr Stephen Voss and Dr Ian Griffin will talk around their workflow using the Mount John Observatory for Deep Sky Photography. If time allows, Dr Stephen Voss will continue to give a practical session around our 10" Meade and the Losmandy Gemini 2 mount. After that, we will be viewing the night sky from 9:30 pm, and if the weather disagrees, we will watch a selected documentary.
Saturday the 12th of June will start at 2 pm with Fun with Science presented by Amadeo. This is an educational event for all ages. Fun with Science will be open to those who have not registered with $5.00 door sales. There will be no extra cost for those who have previously registered for StarDate. Later at 6 pm, Assoc Professor Karen Bollard will give talks about the Life and Death of Stars - The Life Cycle of Stars in our Galaxy and Research at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory. After the talk, we will open at 9 pm for viewing of the night sky or documentaries.
Sunday the 13th will begin at 10 am at Oreti Sands with a group photo of all available attendees. At 10:30 am special guest Amie Young from Great South will give a short presentation about further Dark Skies Projects in Southland. This will be followed up by special guests Damien McNamara and Steve Butler will be discussing Light Pollution and Dark Skies. At 3 pm we will reconvene for a gear set up and walk around. At 7 pm, we will see the event out by viewing the night sky or watch a documentary.
Those not from Invercargill can utilise our venue to facilitate caravans, campervans, and for the brave of heart and stout of soul can tent out on the old green.