Deep Sky Section


What a fantastic night we had last month! Clear skies and a great turnout!

A lot of members were saying it was better than the Christmas Star-be-cue with at least 30 scopes on the field and the 40”, 25”and the 18” telescopes all in operation.

It’s great to see that the LMDSS is being used with the bunkhouse full and caravans and tents filling up the camping area. You could hardly get into the clubhouse for our supper break with so many people!

Now for this month we will focus on the constellation of Leo and all its galaxies, but if you have an object that you would be interested in seeing, please let me know.

I would also like to get around the field and help any new members with finding objects.

I know a few are coming up with ASV Loan Scopes.

The weather for Saturday night is looking great at the moment. Let’s cross our fingers and hope it stays that way. I hope to see another great turnout on the weekend.

Till then, clear and dark skies to all.

Next Meeting will be on the 22nd February 2020

Location:             LMDSS site, Heathcote                 

What to bring:     Telescope and equipment (not essential, if you don't own one), camping chair and equipment, sleeping gear (if you are staying at the site) and a red torch (no white light) and lastly, warm clothing.                           

Don't forget to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for access.

Contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner ( or call 0439 374 159) for more information.

 In a galaxy far, far away……

Are you interested in observing galaxies, open and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, emission nebulae, reflection nebulae and dark nebulae to name a few. Then join the Deep Sky Section at our monthly meetings at LMDSS.

If you have a telescope, bring it with you and if you don't there will be scopes to view through plus the society's 40 inch telescope and the 25-inch Obsession will be in operation.  We aim to provide novice deep sky observers with the ability to learn from experienced observers about how to locate and observe these objects, which eyepieces and filters work best and the resources to get the most out of your observing experience.  For the seasoned observer, the Deep Sky section provides an arena to get together, share information and experiences and imparting knowledge to astronomers new to the field, but most importantly having a great time doing the thing we love the most, driving our telescopes to their limits.


Some of our DSS members