NACAA XXIX, Parkes 2020

The 29th NACAA will be held in the NSW regional city of Parkes over the 2020 Easter weekend, 10-13 April. The event will be hosted by the Central West Astronomical Society.

Registrations are not yet open but soon (waiting on some final catering costs). Shown below is a list of sessions that will be available. You may notice that, unlike previous NACAAs, there is no "full registration" option. There is so much happening here we thought selecting the parts of the conference you wish to attend is easier.

Note, access to the registration page (click here when it becomes available) requires a NACAA account. If you do not have a NACAA account go here .

The theme for this NACAA is "Astronomy and the Citizen". The programme covers four days at our venue, the Services Club, Short Street, Parkes.

Click here to see the Programme details.

NACAA will be accompanied by other significant events, including the Variable Star South Symposium 6, and the 14th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations.


CWAS is excited to be hosting our first NACAA in Parkes, but we are not new to hosting events, being the home of the annual Astrofest and the David Malin Awards.

The Central West of NSW is a vast area, boasting some of the darkest skies in NSW. In addition to the many private observatories, the region is host to numerous professional astronomical facilities, such as the Parkes Radio Observatory, the AAO and Siding Springs Observatories to the north, and the Mt. Stromlo Observatory and the Tidbinbilla tracking station to the south.

Friday technical sessions: choose ONE of the two events:
Variable Star South Symposium 6 $nn.00
PixInsight Introduction workshop (max 25 registrants) $nn.00
Saturday technical sessions
Saturday technical sessions $nn.00
Occultation Observing Workshop (max 30 registrants). Includes keynote beforehand and the technical sessions following afternoon tea. $nn.00
Saturday morning (does not include workshop) $nn.00
Saturday afternoon (does not include workshop) $nn.00
Sunday technical sessions
Sunday technical sessions (does NOT include workshop) $nn.00
Contact Binaries workshop (max 30 registrants). $nn.00
Sunday morning (does not include workshop) $nn.00
Sunday afternoon (does not include workshop) $nn.00
Monday technical sessions: Please choose ONE of the following events. Attendees at the PACA workshop are welcome to attend the afternoon sessions of TTSO14, but not the PixInsight workshop.
Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations 14 $nn.00
PixInsight Advanced Topics workshop (max 25 registrants). $nn.00
PACA Project workshop (max 30 registrants). $nn.00
Social functions
Welcome Function (Fri) $nn.00
Convention Dinner (Sat) $nn.00
Farewell BBQ (Sun) $nn.00