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#1 ausastronomer


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

Good Morning all,

The Three Rivers Foundation of Australia is the Australian based division of the Three Rivers Foundation of Texas.. Every year the two groups join forces to host an Astronomy and Cultural trip to Australia.

This trip has now run annually for the past 10 years. We have countless repeat attendees. People from anywhere in the world are welcome to attend and enjoy the pristine skies of Coonabarabran Australia and enjoy the cultural experience we put together. There is lots to do by day for the non astronomy wives who tag along, and the night sky gets no better.

This trip is scheduled from the 9th to 16th March, 2013.

We provide all the equipment and get it to Coonabarabran for your use. We have a 30"/F4.6 SDM, 2 x 25"/F5 Obsessions, 5 x 18"/F4.5 Obsessions and a 14"/F4.5 SDM, for the wives who like to keep their feet on the ground. We provide selected Televue eyepieces, but feel free to bring your own along.

An information flyer on the trip can be viewed here

We usually have a group of about 20 people who make the trip. This year our numbers are down and we are looking for some additional attendees to make the trip more viable.

If you are interested in attending please feel free to contact me via PM or contact Anne Adkins at anne@adkinsmclaren.com

Anne is based in Fort Davis Texas and is one of the organisers of TSP.

If you would like to contact some previous attendees let me know and I can put you in contact with several previous US visitors, many of whom are Cloudy Nights regulars.


#2 Tom Laskowski

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

I'm going to seriously consider coming next year if I'm still gainfully employed. I've only spent two nights under the southern night sky and would love to spend at least a week.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

Thank you for posting this info on CN! I think it's in my future.

#4 edwincjones


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:37 AM

seems like a good deal

I went to New Zealand 10 years ago,
has to make all the arrangements,
(and finding options was difficult)
it cost more then
I would love to go again, but cannot now

anyone interested in seeing the Southern Skies
should consider this

I spent hours just staring at the southern milky way
the southern cross, coal sac, naked eye nebula
all those upside down constellations


#5 ausastronomer


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:17 AM

The March/April 2014 trip is now full with 36 observers and about 10 non observing spouses.

If you are considering this trip in 2015, the likely dates are 17th to 24th April, 2015. I will advise the exact dates as soon as they are confirmed.


#6 okieav8r


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:54 PM

An observing trip to Australia is definitely on my bucket list. Hopefully, within the next three or four years.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:00 PM

If anyone is interested in this trip in a months time and able to make it at short notice we have had a late cancellation and a couple of places are available.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:53 PM

Just returned from this event for the second time in the last couple of years, and I can say without a doubt that if you can make just one star party this year, this must be the one.
And this isn't just my opinion, but a recent consensus of 3 dozen veteran northern hemisphere observers as well. No one knows the southern skies as well as John Bambury and crew, not to mention the dark skies and quality telescopes.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:18 PM

I spent two years in Australia, near the Australian outback, with the USAF; a great observing opportunity. Only had my Unitron 114 with me, but had some great southern skies!


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:03 PM

I'm locking this thread as the 2014 Ozsky event is done and a new thread has been started here for the 2015 observing opportunity in Australia.

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