Queensland astronomer, photographer and photojournalist James (Jimbo) Bar¬clay not only owns and operates Queensland’s largest self-funded Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory near the Bunya Mountains National Park, he is host¬ing an Astronomy Week on Norfolk Island between November 10 - 17 which includes the Total Solar Eclipse on the 14th. Partiality on the island will be 98%.
On the eclipse day, Jimbo said his group will assemble and set up their gear at 4.45am prior to sunrise at 5.16am, on a private property overlooking the ocean. Jimbo has even organised car batteries to be on hand for scope drives.
To help the group out, he’s taking a swag of gear: Lunt LS80TH?/PT/B1800 solar scope, still, video and time-lapse video recording equipment, two C8’s and a GOTO mount. One of the scopes will have black Polymer solar film over the corrector plate which gives a nice cool orange image. Those on the tour will be supplied with free solar viewing glasses and some solar film to cover binoculars, camera lens and small telescopes.
The tour package also includes locally produced day and night activities and BBQ’s. On other days and nights guests can explore the island’s natural beauty at leisure, or join Jimbo as he travels to picturesque places to get spectacular shots. He says he’s just a nice all-round guy and has taken the time to learn the islanders’ dialect. His astro night tours will allow you take award-winning astro pics from various places around the island and observe the night skies through the C8’s. With no light pollution on the island, naked eye limit is Mv6.8. Full tour details can be found on www.travelcentre.nf or www.starsabove.com.au
The Travel Centre is offering a special holiday package that includes return flight and airfare taxes, seven nights twin share accommodation, car hire, airport greeting and transfers, half day island tour, welcome dinner under the stars, cliff top fish fry, alfresco BBQ, farewell dinner, a bonus shopping card with free gift and entry to miniature golf and Norfolk Island’s A Walk in the Wild tour attraction, prices from $1795 per person ex Brisbane and from $1845perperson ex Sydney. To book call toll-free 1800 1400 66, email [email protected] or visit www.travelcentre.nf
Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Norfolk IslandTravel Centre is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10