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.
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 Western Sydney University, 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.
As a club member, you have access to people with 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