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ASSA Financial Report for 2005
Cliff Turk (Hon. Treasurer)
The Society's finances are in a very good state, probably the best at any time during its 84 years existence. There are still a few problem areas which cost us money, but the majority have been blocked and the main cash drains are a thing of the past.
During the last few years the Society has been able to set aside R40 000 for its Scholarship Fund and has added to this since the end of the reporting year. In spite of this our liquidity is ..
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ASSA Scholarship Report for 2005
Maciej Soltynski (Convenor, ASSA Scholarship Committee)
The ASSA Scholarship was established in 2000 to encourage the study of Astronomy at any Southern African university at the 2nd and 3rd year level. For 2005 the Scholarship was awarded to Ren?e Holzek, a final year B.Sc student at the University of Pretoria. Her subjects for 2005 included Astronomy modules from UNISA up to the final (third) year level. At the end of 2005 Ren?e obtained her B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Pretoria. She advised that she will be undertaking a ..
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A night in the life of a SALT Operator
One of my favourite puns when showing a group of visitors around the Southern African Large Telescope, is to say that SALT is operated by "sosaties" (Afrikaans for kebabs). I clarify this by explaining about the excessive use of acronyms in SALT. To operate SALT requires two people, a SO (SALT Operator) and a SA (SALT Astronomer), hence SO-SA-ties. To get a glimpe into what it takes to make SALT work, I asked a SO ..
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based on a paper, presented at the aahs
Amateurs in the Antipodes: The Common Denominators of
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century South African,
Australian and New Zealand Astronomy
Centre for Astronomy, James Cook University,
Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
This paper provides a comparison of amateur astronomy in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand during the critical period 1850-1935, when international astronomy witnessed the transition from positional astronomy to astrophysics. In the positional era, amateur astronomers were able to make a major contribution, but ..
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by Greg Roberts
In the introductory article a brief description of the Internet and the various kinds of software offered and the categories to be covered was given so lets get down to business!
Whilst full blown planetarium programs do an excellent job, one sometimes wants a simple program that will produce a simple basic chart. One or more of the following programs may satisfy this need.
The SFA Observatory's SFACHARTS2 are available at http://astronomy.physics.tamu.edu/download/index.html or
A very good monthly sky-map, ..
Extracted from text ... october 2006 165 deepsky delights Our forefathers, the seafarers and hunters of ancient times most probably developed names for the patterns and shapes outlined by the stars of the night sky. Most of them are associated with the legends of their cultures and ways of life. Most of the constellation names have Greek and Latin roots and some are very original. The Greek language refers to constellations as "signs", while Hipparchos, Ptolomy and the Arabians referred to them as "figures". It is generally accepted that various animals and birds played prominent roles in peoples' minds in ancient times as can ..