In just a few days, we’ll be leaving San Diego to attend The Seventh Annual Deepest South Texas Star Safari (DSTSS) in Coonabarabran, Australia. This will be my first time observing in the Southern Hemisphere. Needless to say, I am very excited!
The DSTSS is held under the auspices of the Three Rivers Foundation and coordinated in the U.S. by Anne Adkins. The Three Rivers Foundation (3RF) is dedicated to providing astronomy outreach to students and the general public across Australia.
One of the great things about this trip is that we don't have to take any equipment (other than maybe an eyepiece or two). The equipment list will probably include the following:
- Five 18-inch Obsessions
- Two 20-inch Obsessions
- Two 25-inch Obsessions
- One 30-inch Obsession-Style Dob by SDM Telescopes
- 22-inch Binocular Telescope
- Powered Binocular Chair
- 25×150 Fujinon Binoculars
- Sky Window for Binoculars
All of the Obsession telescopes will be equipped with Argo Navis.
In addition to the wonderful observing opportunities in Coonabarabran, we will have a few days in Sydney to "see the sites".
If possible, I will add additional posts while in Australia and do my best to keep you updated with the wonders of the Southern Hemisphere – both in the sky and on the ground.