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"AstroCon" - TSAA Annual Astronomy Conferences


Each year TSAA endeavours to give its students the opportunity to network with professional astronomers and university staff.

"AstroCon19" is hosted at UQ, QUT, USQ and Brisbane Planetarium from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd of June 2019.

Due to physical limitations on the activities & projects that are overseen by astronomers, only 10 places can be made available, so the expressions of interest will be accepted on a “first in best dressed” basis.

Students from outside Brisbane will fly in and meet with students from Brisbane on the Monday afternoon at Brisbane City YHA, 392 Upper Roma St, Brisbane City. Accommodation and a conference room has been booked here for Monday and Tuesday nights.

While in Brisbane, students will visit several universities including QUT, UQ and USQ to participate astro workshops and talks, and will be able to network with leading astronomers from each of these universities. Students will also see an astronomy show in the Brisbane planetarium and will be able to see the telescopes and astronomy equipment there. This year, we have been very lucky to secure a lecture with Professor Brian Cox at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre‼

Students will then travel to the Mount Kent Observatory for some hands-on experience with the telescopes and solar image processing.

The cost to students will be $1050 including airfares, or $650 for students joining in Brisbane. This will cover the cost of travel expenses, accommodation and food for the week.

If you are interested, please fill in the Expression of Interest Form as soon as possible.

See the AstroCon2019 Flyer and Proposed Itinerary the for more information.

The photo gallery below shows photos from past events.


 Photo Gallery

Aston Quin identifying asteroids and calculating their period of orbit.Billy Fogg identifying asteroids and calculating their period of orbit.Billy Fogg using a magnifier to locate asteroids on an image of a photographic plate taken by the UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory.Chris Dilger reading information on the Asteroid Search activity.Chris Dilger determines a scale for his asteroid search activity. Group working on their own image plates to determine the period of orbit of identified asteroids. Students working individually to locate asteroids.Jonah Timmins locating asteroids to determine their period of orbit.Jonah Timmins takes a close look to locate asteroids.Aston Quin has found his future employer!Billy Fogg contemplating what could be in the future.TSAA students talk with astronomers about their careers.UQ astronomers talk with TSAA studentsUQ astronomers talk with TSAA studentsTSAA students with the UQ Forgan Smith sandstone building as a backdrop.QUT's Dr Stephen Hughes talks with TSAA studentsStudents visit the QUT forensics labTSAA students check out QUT's interactive physics wall.TSAA students using QUT's interactive display wall.Billy Fogg interacts with AI at QUT's Cube.TSAA visit the nuclear lab at QUT.Visit to the "Old Government House" at QUT.Dr Stephen Hughes explaining astrophysics experiments.Dr Stephen Hughes explains the "Pulsar Rotation" experiment.Jonah Timmins looks on at the work being carried out in the QUT Robotics Lab.Dr Stephen Hughes shows TSAA students in the QUT Roof-Top Observatory.Students inspect the telescope equipment inside QUT's Roof-top Observatory.Chris Dilger & Dr Stephen Hughes in dialogue.  Group photo at the QUT Roof-top Observatory.Dr Stephen Hughes with TSAA students at the Roof-top Observatory.Students look over the Spitfire "Merlin" engine in QUT Engineering labs.Students attend an undergrad student talk at QUT.TSAA group outside the dome of the Brisbane Planetarium.The unique 15" Zeiss refractor in the observing dome at the Brisbane Planetarium.Zeiss Refractor TSAA students with the Zeiss refractorOld windmill signalling observatory on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane.Group dinner at the Brisbane City YHA.Leader Darryl Dilger preparing dinner for the group at the Brisbane City YHA.Students attending talks from astronomers at USQ Toowoomba.Billy Fogg poses at USQ's Japanese gardens. Japanese gardens at USQ Toowoomba.Mt Kent Observatory's CDK20 telescopeBilly Fogg looking over the CDK20 telescope at Mt Kent.Students learning the ropes to using the CDK20 telescope for their observing session.TSAA students take charge of the CDK20 telescope for research work.Students start observing and collecting data on double stars at Mt Kent ObservatoryStudents observing at Mt Kent.Dr Rhodes Hart works with TSAA students at Mt Kent.Students observing at Mt Kent.More observing at Mt KentStudents observing and collecting data most of the night.CDK700 being commissioned at Mt Kent Observatories.Prof Graeme White takes students through star charts of old.Meeting to discuss options for observing at Mt Kent.Looking through star charts at Mt Kent observatory.View of telescope domes at Mt Kent Observatories.A dark and cloudy sky looms over Mt Kent.The EDG Building incorporating the control room for the telescopes at Mt Kent.Rain brought a wet end to the observing at Mt Kent.