Viewing nights to restart

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THE skies and stars await those with an interest in all things celestial as Southland’s Astronomical Society restarts in July.

Secretary Phil Burt said the first viewing night would be Wednesday, July 1, 7-9pm, with a gold coin entry fee.

Those attending viewing nights would be able to observe the skies in detail; telescopes would be set up with what Mr Burt called “quite handy gear”.

“It’s all computer controlled and we can basically tell the telescope what to look at and it does called a GoTo system.”

A public meeting would be held on Thursday, July 2, at 7.30pm at the former Oreti Sands Golf Club.

Mr Burt said public meetings usually included a guest speaker as well as relevant videos. The first meeting would feature Lloyd Esler talking about making astronomy available and accessible to schools.

For more information, go to the Southland Astronomical Society Facebook page. Updates would be posted ahead of viewing nights, including if weather would impact a viewing.

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