South Africa
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Simon Donnaly

 Hello Everyone 

The date for this event still needs to be confirmed as there has been a problem with the orignal date .

Once again we are arranging a joint star gazing event  between ESSA (Explorer Society of SA) and ASSA (Astronomical Society),. The venue is a secluded but easily accessible farm in the Magaliesberg which belongs to Paul Marais and Vanessa and is a short drive from Joburg or Pretoria . It has some unusual examples of sustainable energy solutions  namely a Lister engine (first invented in 1929-this particular example built in 1952 and still going strong) and a wind turbine, to name a few.

The evening starts with a "bring & braai", followed by star gazing.  Fires for the "bring & braai" will be organized and ready from 16h00 onwards and there may even be a couple of bottles of red wine to kick off the evening too.  If you would like to explore the farm in the daylight hours you are welcome to arrive from 11h00 onwards and to bring a picnic with you.

Should you decide to join us, please bring your own crockery, cutlery and a wine glass plus R20 (if you are a paid up member-non members pay R40) to cover the incidental expenses for this initiative. You are welcome to overnight on Paul and Vanessa's farm but you need to bring your own tent - and breakfast! Anyone who brings a telescope will be exempt from this fee.

In keeping with the spirit of the last event we would appreciate it if some of the people from ASSA who plan to join us, bring along a telescope and in return we will arrange the venue, a braai and maybe even a tour of some green energy initiatives. Anyone bringing a telescope with them will be exempt from this fee.

Paul is organising a mini bird day on Sunday Morning- bring binoculars, field guides and a pen to join in.  This will be before breakfast on the morning 

If any of you are interested in participating, please contact Simon at:  0824721231


Saturday, October 16, 2010 (All day)


Star Gazing