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Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group

Welcome to WSAAG!

The Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG) is a group of enthusiastic and dedicated amateur astronomers based in the western suburbs of Sydney, NSW, Australia. The club was founded in a meeting of 25 enthusiastic astronomers at UWS, Nepean (Kingswood) on Tuesday, 19th of November 1991.

WSAAG provides a focus for people to meet and learn about astronomy. Members are encouraged to participate in club activities and talks. The club also provides many opportunities for night-sky viewing. Our members come from all walks of life and have a diverse range of interests; some have telescopes and some don't. You don’t need to know the sky and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist. We are keen to cater to anyone from the beginning astronomer to the long-time amateur who has a passion to know a whole lot more.

Collectively, our members have expertise in many different areas. We can answer many of your questions about astronomy. We can help you set up and use equipment and assist you in locating constellations, planets, clusters, nebulae and galaxies. We can also advise you on the purchase of binoculars or your first telescope or, perhaps, building your own telescope. For those interested in photography, several members have expertise in astro-imaging and associated software.

The club meets at the Western Sydney University, Penrith Observatory on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm. WSAAG regularly invites specialist guest speakers to give talks on interesting topics and new research in astronomy. Dates of meetings and observing nights, names of guest speakers and scheduled topics of interest, can be found on the WSAAG website in the Events Calendar.

Twice a month, there is dark-sky observing at the Linden observing site in the Blue Mountains. If you don’t have a telescope, don’t worry; club members will be more than happy to show you the sky or answer any questions you might have! Directions to the observing site can be found on the WSAAG website on the Linden observing site page and also in the WSAAG Starter Pack.

A list of our objectives and how we go about achieving them can be found here.