The members of CWAS made us very welcome and provided hot soup and a mouth-watering barbecue, which went down very well.
We were anxious to take this unique opportunity of using a remote dark sky site in the NSW countryside, 350 km West of Sydney. I had no room for a telescope on this trip but did take my ‘Skywatcher Star Adventurer’ equatorial camera mount – in the hope of obtaining some wide field Milky Way images.
Unfortunately the sky let us down, giving us only tantalising glimpses of the views which would have been available to us on a cloud-free night.
We intended to capture the International Space Station transit of the Moon at 6.43 pm but that opportunity was shrouded by clouds.
Later the clouds completely cleared for half an hour but they were only teasing us and most of the evening was 80-90% cloud cover.
The photos I took were rather disappointing but are presented here as a record of an otherwise very memorable evening spent with the friendly members of CWAS.
The observatory consisted of an open field with fine horizon views in most directions. CWAS had installed a porta-cabin with generated power and gas fired barbecue. Earlier that day they had poured concrete slabs for their port-aloo and future observatory dome.
A wonderful night, despite the unwanted cloud cover. Thanks, CWAS, I hope we can do the trip again sometime in the future!
The Observing site is situated in a remote spot adjacent to a small family cemetery Cookamidgera coordinates: -33° 11′ 29.87″ S 148° 18′ 4.33″ E. (Google Earth).