The Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG) is a group of fun loving amateur astronomers in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
WSAAG provides a focus for people interested in astronomy to meet, do astronomy and have fun. Members come from all walks of life and have a diverse range of interests, some have telescopes and some don't.
We don't mind if you own a push-to or a go-to telescope or if you don't own a telescope at all. You don't need to know the sky and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to join.
All you need to join is anything ranging from an interest to a passion for astronomy.
The club meets at the University of Western Sydney, Penrith Observatory on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.
Twice a month there is also dark sky observing for WSAAG members at the Linden observing site in the Blue Mountains.
We have members that can help you with just about anything. They have knowledge in many areas including:
- Buying your first telescope or binoculars
- Setting up and using your equipment
- Setting up a home observatory
- Building your own telescope
- DIY dew heaters, Hartmann masks, power supplies etc.
- Locating planets, galaxies, nebulae, constellations etc.
- Polar alignment
- Getting good focus
- Astro imaging
- Software recommendations