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Night of checking out moon and the stars from Oran Park

There was a time when just about every household had a telescope.

Checking out “space’’ was both a fashionable and romantic thing to do.

The arrival of the digital age has meant a myriad of other things to occupy our time.

But star gazing is still enjoyed by quite a few people.

Some of them will no doubt be among those who will stare into space and see what’s written in the stars at Camden Council’s twinkling stargazing event next month.

On Thursday, July 11, between 4pm and 8pm, in Town Park, Oran Park (opposite Oran Park Library), members of Macarthur Astronomical Society (MacAstro) and Camden Council will help residents of all ages spot different stars, moons and the galaxy through high powered telescopes.

 MacAstro president Alan Hobbs promised an exciting evening of star gazing.

 “We’ll be able to spot up to four moons with lots of features and details visible,’’ Mr Hobbs said.

“The gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, will also be visible, plus an assortment of nebulae and star clusters.

 “Patience is key – it can take a little bit of practice to learn how to operate a telescope.

“But, with our help, you’ll be able to view the universe with a great amount of detail to make your experience the best possible.”

Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, reminded residents that they are also able to stargaze in the comfort of their own homes, with Camden Council Libraries’ free lending telescope collection.

 “There are seven telescopes available for library members to enjoy,” Cr Fedeli said.

“All you have to do is put your name on the reservation list. When your name is next, you’ll be able to borrow the kit for one month with the option to extend. It’s a terrific amount of time to get real hands-on experience,” the mayor said.

The stargazing event is free, with attendees able to donate to MacAstro on the night.

However anyone attending needed to take along with them a torch with red cellophane.

 “Bright lights will hinder what we can see through the telescopes and the red cellophane will limit the negative effect on your eyes,” Mr Hobbs explained.

 For more information, call Oran Park Library on 4656 5645 or visit library.camden.nsw.gov.au

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