The NAG Calendar format has been organised into quarters with each having it's own theme. This allows us to build on learning from the previous session(s) in each quarter and delve a little deeper into the subject matter. Thus we get through our topics more effectively during the year.
Summer arrives with warmer weather and holiday period. So we concentrate on the observing related topics.
Dec... How to use your Star Atlas? What is a Star Atlas? What features should you look for? The more of these features a Star Atlas has the better it is.
Jan... There is no clubroom meeting. Instead maybe you can use some holiday time to venture to the Leon Mow Dark Sky site for a field trip.
Feb... Telescopes, Essentials for getting started. Is the 8" dob really the ultimate beginners scope? Finder scopes, Telrads, observing chairs and other accessories.
The steady calm of Autumn skies is good for viewing fine Lunar & planetary details. We start our journey looking into the Astronomical backyard we call our Solar System.
Mar... The Moon, and others in our solar system.
Apr... Our Solar System, the Sun, Planets, and the many other orbiting bodies. Video special, the first 40 years of space exploration.
May... Annual NAG informal open discussion night. An opportunity to talk amongst ourselves.
We take a break from a constant stream of subjects and invite the NAG members to share their own interests, studies & projects.
As cloudy Winter skies set in we huddle inside to contemplate how the Universe works.
Jun... The Life Cycle of Stars.
Jul... Galaxies are the largest visible building Blocks of our Universe.
Aug... They say that all matter in the universe was formed in one explosive event 13.7 billion years ago – What is this Big Bang?\
We have just one more deep & meaningful topic to see off a rainy Spring before heading back to outdoor observing topics again.
Sep... Life in the Universe.
Oct... A visual feast is being captured by our own ASV members. Find out what Astrophotography is about.
Nov... The ASV Messier 100 hunt, a first challenge with your telescope inspired by French astronomer Charles Messier, 1730 - 1817.
Our goal is to have occasional guest speakers. Section Directors are particularly welcome to come and promote/share their section and the activities for new Members. NAG would like to thank the many guest speakers who have helped out in the past.