About Us

Big Bang Astronomy Club, run and managed by Shri O. V. Seth Regional Community Science Cente, organizes the largest amount of astronomy activities in and around Rajkot. We have an arsenal of telescopes ranging from 2" refractors to 6" reflectors and a couple of binoculars too. We even have access to a mighty 10" dobsonian reflector telescope.

What's more? We even also have access to a very large library with hundreds of books on astronomy.

Join

You can visit us at Shri O. V. Seth Regional Community Science Centre to know more about Big Bang Astronomy Club. The joining fee is Rs. 300/- per year which goes towards maintenance & up-gradation of instruments at hand.

All Gujarat Amateur Astronomers' Meet (AGAAM) - 2014

Hosted by Big Bang Astronomy Club

Introduction

Big Bang Astronomy Club (BBAC) of Shri O. V. Sheth Regional Community Science Center (OVSRCSC) Rajkot has organized a state level amateur astronomy meet titled “All Gujarat Amateur Astronomers Meet” on 31st May (Saturday) and 1st June 2014 (Sunday). The venue for this meet would be the Auditorium of OVSRCSC. This meet is aimed towards bringing Amateurs from Gujarat on a common stage to share their experiences and expertise with each other. Moreover some distinguished speakers from premier research institutions such as PRL (Physical Research Laboratory) Ahmedabad, IUCAA (Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics) Pune, Nehru Planetarium Mumbai etc have been invited to deliver expert lectures that would enrich participant amateurs in some fundamental as well advance theories and practices in astronomy.

The motive of this meet is also to rope in new enthusiasts in the form of school, graduate, post graduate students as well as curious citizens in this fascinating hobby of astronomy and sky watching. This two day meet will incorporate expert lectures, workshops on various astronomy related skills, presentations of accomplishments by participants a night sky watching session and an open house session to get answers of all your astronomy related queries.

Fees

Registration fees (non-refundable) for the event is Rs 500/- which includes 3 meals (of which one would be served on a remote sky observation site), 2 breakfasts and 4 tea servings; a registration kit containing a star dial (planisphere) and a DVD of plethora of astronomy ebooks with pdfs or ppts of the experts and the travelling expense to and from the observation site (about 70km round trip). Kindly note that the registration fees do not include accommodation. If you need accommodation we would be happy to suggest a suitable place and make booking for you.

Schedule

May 31
09.00 to 10.00
Registration

10.30 to 13.00
Inauguration and keynote speech by Dr. Ashok

13.00 to 14.00
Lunch

14.00 to 15.30
Daytime Astronomy and Solar Observation by Dr. Rajmal Jain

15.30 to 16.00
Tea Break

16.00 to 17.30
Various techniques in Astrophysics
By Dr. Vishal Joshi

17.30 to 19.30
Interaction Session
Presetations, Discussions & Workshops

19.30
Departure from observation site

01 June
00.00
Return from observation site

Day 2
09.00 to 10.00
Tea and breakfast

10.00 to 11.30
From micro to macro
By Dr. Partha Konar

11.30 to 13.00
Observing Occultations by Arvind Paranjpye

13.00 to 14.00
Lunch

14.00 to 15.30
Mathematics of Solar System
By Dr. J J Rawal

15.30 to 16.30
Interaction & feedback session

16.30 to 17.30
Closing Ceremony

Other Details

Last date to register your name is 25 May 2014. For more details please feel free on following numbers:

9824453950 - Minesh Meghani

9426473394 - Neelesh Rana

Messier Marathon 2014

A full night event by Big Bang Astronomy Club

Big Bang Astronomy Club is proposing to host a Messier Marathon event for the year of 2014 at Shri O. V. Seth Regional Community Science Centre, Rajkot. The event is scheduled for night of 29-30 March 2014.


What is a Messier Marathon?

A Messier marathon is an attempt, usually organized by amateur astronomers, to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters). (source: Wikipedia)

Why is Messier Marathon is being organized in March?

The number of Messier objects visible in any one night varies depending on a few factors, including the location of the observer, the duration of daylight/nighttime, and the season (the positions of the Messier objects relative to the sun varies with the season). At low northern latitudes, particularly around latitude 25° north, it is possible to observe all Messier objects in one night during a window of a few weeks from mid-March to early April. In that period the dark nights around the time of the new moon are best for a Messier Marathon.

What is the registration fee?

Rs. 300/- for non-members
Rs. 200/- for members of Big Bang Astronomy Club

What's included in the registration fee?

  1. Registration Kit which includes
    • Spiral bound Messier Catalogue in observable sequence (110 pages).
    • Dimmable red LED light.
    • Messier logging sheet, writing pad and pencil.
  2. Transportation cost, to and from observation site (90kms round-trip).
  3. Dinner on site.
  4. Tea (4 servings) on site.

Event Schedule?

2.00 pm to 2.30 pm (29 March)

Welcome and registration (including spot registration)

2.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Introduction to Messier Marathon; kit distribution and its usage demonstration and general instructions

4.00 pm
Departure for observation site

5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Arrival at site; set up of equipments; pre-observation discussion

7.30 pm to 6.00 am (30 March)
Messier Marathon

7.00 am
Departure for Shri O. V. Seth Regional Community Science Centre

8.30 am to 9.00 am
Feedback session and departure

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