The Victorian Astronomy Convention, VASTROC, is a biennial conference for all amateur Astronomers in Victoria. It is hosted in odd years by the different astronomical societies around the State.
MPAS is excited once again to be hosting VASTROC, with 2019 being the 17th since its inception.
The next is set for the Weekend of August 10th 2019, aligning with the 50th Anniversary year of MPAS and National Science Week.
It will be held at the regional Briars Astronomical Observatory and surrounding facilities in Mount Martha.
This event will be open not only to members of astronomy groups, but also to other community groups with common interests and, indeed, to all members of the public with a fascination about the Universe. This year MPAS's successful Astrophotography Workshop will be run in conjunction with this event.
The convention will contain workshops, talks, displays and interactive forums in a social atmosphere.
Its broad theme will be the Moon (with recent 50 year anniversary of the moon landing), and all things Apollo will be encouraged and celebrated.
Note : Speakers are still being firmed up, so this itinerary is subject to change.
The ticket price includes;
- Dormitory accommodation Friday & Sat Nights,
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Saturday,
- APW Talks, Telescope Viewing
- Guided Bushwalk for Wildlife Photography.
Friday - August 9th
|7PM||BBQ Dinner or Josephine's (Restraunt not included in entry)|
|8PM||Telescope Viewing / Trivia / Open Forum|
Saturday - August 10th
|Don Leggett Astronomical Center||The Briars Camp|
|9AM||Guided nature walk at the Briars - Wildlife photography|
|10.30AM||Welcome Introduction to VASTROC 2019|
|11AM||Antarctica Presentation (Anders Hamilton)||Guest Speaker #1|
|1PM||Introduction to Astrophotography (Jamie Pole)||Guest Speaker #2|
|2PM||Aurora Photography (Alex Cherney)||Guest Speaker #3|
|3PM||Time Lapse Photography (Greg Walton)||Guest Speaker #4|
|4PM||Deep Sky Photography (Paul Albers)||Guest Speaker #5|
|5PM||Venders Stall, Briars Observatory Tour, Group Photo|
|6PM||Dinner (Included / BYO Alchoholic Drinks)|
|7PM||Keynote Speaker (Australian Space Agency)|
|8PM||Astrophotography Field Practice / Telescope Viewing||Trivia / Open Forum / Social|
Sunday - August 11th
|9AM||Nature walk at the Briars - Wildlife photography|
|10.30AM||Pack-up & Clean Up|
Onsite accomodation available Friday & Sat Nights. BYO Pillow & Blanket.
Sat & Sunday Mornings toast & coffee will be available from 7AM.
See you there.