Urban Observers

The Group meets at the Barrett St Reserve, Bracken Ridge (entry off Jude St) on one Saturday each month from dusk, around the time of the 1st quarter Moon, weather permitting. Exact date to be determined closer to the date, and advertised on the Urban Observers Facebook page. Check for updates about event being on and gate opening time at https://www.facebook.com/Urban-Observers-Group-252697488136642/

If you are looking to buy a telescope and need advice on choosing the right one, or if you have already purchased a telescope and want help in using it, the Urban Observers group is the right place for you. You can have a look at (and through) the different types of telescopes available before you decide which one suits your budget/viewing comfort/ease of transporting to places. This is free to the public, open to anyone. You don’t need a telescope to attend, just enthusiasm!

SEQAS provides observing through a number of members’ telescopes as well as several club-owned telescopes. We can provide simple star charts and observing tips for beginners. We welcome participation from all levels of experience and ages. There are three dedicated Solar Telescopes for daytime viewing thanks to a successful grant application from the Community Benefits Gambling Fund.

Please Contact Julie: 33252479 or 0411047439 urbanobs@seqas.org for further information. If the weather is doubtful call around 4 PM.


Urban Observers Guidelines

  • A red torch is the number one essential piece of equipment for astronomy. This can be as simple as red cellophane (at least 3 layers) or red lighting gel, covering your torch, to more elaborate LED lights.
  • Warn other astronomers if you need to use a bright light so that they can shield their eyes. (It takes 20 minutes or more for your eyes to become dark-adapted.)
  • Use parking lights only, on or near observing field.
  • Arrive at the grounds well before nightfall to set up equipment.
  • Only touch equipment with the permission of the owner.
  • Make sure children are well supervised around telescopes and equipment.
  • Bring adequate layers of warm clothing (even in summer), water proof and warm footwear, a hat, gloves or mittens, insect repellent, any books, starcharts, atlases for the working session.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help. We are there to help each other!
Happy Stargazing!