Scenic Rim Astronomy Association to ramp up activities for stargazing party

David Naughton and Mark Lohmann are ready to welcome a crowd to the Old Laravale School for the stargazing night. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
David Naughton and Mark Lohmann are ready to welcome a crowd to the Old Laravale School for the stargazing night. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

THE Scenic Rim Astronomy Association are promising to satisfy people’s curiosity of the night sky at their annual Scenic Rim Star Party.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 17 from 3pm at the old Laravale State School on Christmas Creek Road.

Guests can take part in telescope viewings, model rocket launches, a meteorite display, astronomy talks as well as radio astronomy which lets would-be astronomers listen to planets through radio waves.

Beaudesert Camera Club will also conduct photography workshops and a sausage sizzle and coffee will be available.

Scenic Rim Astronomy Association (SRAA) president Mark Lohmann said the group has ramped up the event with more activities after last year’s successful party.

“This time, the set up will be really different because we want the event to be more sociable and interactive,” he said.

“We want people to come in, set up a blanket and have look at the viewings and chat to us without having any hurry to leave.”

Mr Lohmann said SRAA members enjoyed sharing their knowledge and equipment with visitors.

“For some people, they might come to the event to satisfy their curiosity and for others, they might like to pick it up as a hobby so we are keen to give them the opportunity to look through a telescope and see firsthand what is in the night sky,” he said.

“It’s surprising what you can see with a telescope or a good set of binoculars and we will be there to answer any questions.”

SRAA are asking for a gold coin donation to go towards Childhood Cancer Support’s Camp Crystal – the organisation takes families who are dealing with the impacts of childhood cancer to a free three-day camp.

For more information, go to SRAA’s Facebook event page.