NACAA XXVIII, Ballarat 2018

Ballarat ObservatoryThe 28th NACAA will be hosted by the Ballaarat Astronomical Society in collaboration with the Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum. The Ballarat Observatory is the oldest operating regional public observatory in Australia, marking its 132nd anniversary in 2018.

The event will be held over the 2018 Easter weekend, 30th March to 2nd April. The venues will be the Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Conference Centre, and the Ballarat Observatory.

The 12th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations will be held in conjunction with NACAA XXVIII. In addition the International Dark-Sky Association Victoria are running a Dark Sky Symposium with the theme "Working Towards Dark Skies" on the Monday.

The Ballaarat Astronomical Society is very excited to host the next NACAA in Ballarat. The last time it came to Ballarat was in 1969, and a lot of astronomical phenomena have passed over our heads in that time.

Our home, the Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum, has undergone several changes over the intervening 49 years and we hope that when you visit, if you haven't been for some time, you will like the additions and changes we have made.

NACAA is an opportunity for serious amateur astronomers to share their knowledge with the broader community. The standard of work amongst amateurs is such that collaboration regularly occurs between professionals and amateurs. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and getting other people involved, please consider making a presentation.

You can register using the Register link in the menu above left. You need to be a NACAA member to use our e-commerce site. Join up now.

Bookings are preferred by the 20th March to finalise numbers for the caterers.

Main Registration package $300
Single Day (Saturday or Sunday) $95
Convention Dinner (Saturday) $85
Welcome Function (Friday) $45
Farewell BBQ (Sunday) $40
Dark Sky Symposium (Monday morning) $50
Occultation Symposium - TTSO 12 (Monday) $95

The main registration package includes:

  • attendance at all of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday,
  • lunch and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday,
  • Welcome Function on Friday night,
  • Convention Dinner on Saturday night,
  • Farewell Function on Sunday night.

It does not include attendance at the extra activities on Monday.