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Bookings are essential as space is limited!

Adults $100.00

Map to the Briars


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

5PM Arrival
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
12 Noon Lunch  
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
12PM Event Concludes


Onsite accomodation available Friday & Sat Nights. BYO Pillow & Blanket.
Sat & Sunday Mornings toast & coffee will be available from 7AM.

See you there.