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What Do We Do?

Gove Amateur Astronomers Inc. is dedicated to the promotion of and participation in astronomy and space science in the NT.
We hold monthly observing nights for the Public at our observing site on Dhupma rd and in town for special events that require maximum accessability.

Visitors are welcome to bring a chair and blanket and even a picnic dinner to our Dhupma Road site for a fun evening for all your family and friends.
No special knowledge is required, just a curiousity to discover "Whats Out There" 

We also have evenings for members only, usually accompanied by a BBQ and drinks & Requests for special events are always considered!

We often have Starcharts, star wheels, moon charts and more, available for sale, to help you in your discovery of the night sky.
Otherwise you can pick up these indispensable astronomy tools from club President
 Ian's Paypal secure website.



We have our very own ‘dark sky site’ exactly 1.3km off the bitumen past the western end of the airport .runway (Dhupma Rd), where we hold the majority of our regular star gazing nights (see the next page for a mud map of our dark sky site).  On viewing nights we signpost directly out the front of the site, so we’re hard to miss!  The site has a well maintained smooth ground surface and ‘park style’ concrete tables and chairs for convenience.

We often host events in or near town as well, including on Hindle oval, the golf club and even in the town centre occasionally.



Dry season: We usually meet monthly during the dry and more often as special astronomical events are forecast such as the passing of a comet etc.

All Public events are advertised through the local paper, radio, IGA Noticeboard and via email.

Wet season: Our meetings are less regular due to weather restrictions however when the sky is cloud free the atmosphere is much clearer and therefore can ofer a rewarding viewing experience!


Who comes to viewing nights? 

Whether you’re just curious and want to come along to have a look or if you have just purchased yourself a new scope and want to learn more, or if you’re a bit of a whiz and want to come share your knowledge, all are welcome.



The objectives of our Association are to “encourage people with an interest in astronomy to get to know each other, to share their knowledge, enthusiasm and equipment, to promote astronomy as an interesting field of study for pleasure and as a science, and to provide educational and entertaining astronomy-related experiences to children and students alike, appropriate to their level of understanding.”

Our viewing nights and special events are all focussed on education and the simple pleasure of looking up at the night sky and discovering a little more of what is out there.


As well as extra newsletters, special interest events & in depth astronomy, the Association has a range of assets available for loan or hire, including …. 

Astroscan 4 inch Travel Scope (ideal for camping trips)

Safe solar telescope, ideal for introducing young kids to Solar Astronomy.


Membership is only $10 for everyone ! (not the old fees as shown as shown on the M'ship form)
This small fee is to cover insurances and events through the year
Members get the benifit of a free SMS advisory service for club events, extra viewing nights, club social functions, loan telescopes and loads more.
A GAA membership form can be accessed at this page & payment remitted to our PO Box.

The membership form also has the map showing how to get to our Dark Sky Site on Dhupma Rd.

Current Events:
Next Club viewing night Saturday is on the 3rd of September 2011, Contact Ian for details.

GAA are thankful to our regular sponsors for their ongoing support:
CBF (Community Benifit Fund)
The Community Benifit Fund NT have supported GAA on many of our projects to Aquire, Improve and Upgrade our equipment.
The most recent project has been to upgrade the "Eyes" of our large apature 18" telescope to premium eyepieces and the provision of a "Telescope Computer", this device will allow us to automate the ability to pinpoint Galaxies, Nebulas & more !
The combined effect of this upgrade will enhance the experience of the 100's of participants of our Public outreach astronomy program every year.

TAC (The Arnhem Club)
TAC provide ongoing support to GAA via their raffle program, which gives our club the opportunity for regular fundraising events at TAC on a rostered basis, with other clubs in Nhulunbuy. This regular funding is vital to the growth and expansion of the activities in the community of GAA Inc.

Contact Us

  • You can contact club president Ian Maclean on 0417 601490

0417 601 490