July 22 - 28, 2018: Issue 368
Barrenjoey Milky Way Arch
Wide-Field winner in the 2018 CWAS David Malin Awards: Barrenjoey Milky Way Arch. Supplied: ©Tom Elliott/David Malin Awards
Winter is one of the best times to view and enjoy the night sky. Cold weather provides a great opportunity to observe the night sky, and even capture it with a camera - a medium called 'astrophotography'.
In July 2016 Pittwater Online brought you the announcement of Warrumbungle National Park in Central Western NSW being declaredAustralia’s first Dark Sky Park, recognising and protecting its key role in astronomical research. The announcement was made by Pittwater's MP Rob Stokes when Minister for Planning and Environment.
This year's competition had eight categories:
- Deep Sky
- Solar System
- Animated Sequences: Scientific and Aesthetic
- Themed Section - "Revealing the Colours of the Stars"
- Junior (18 years old and younger)
The photographs were judged by world-renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin. The winners were presented with the "David Malin Awards" in the presence of invited dignitaries, during the CWAS AstroFest conference on 14 July 2018. The dignitaries included Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Cr Ken Keith (Mayor of Parkes Shire Council), Alan Brightman (General Manager - Sunstudios, Canon Australia), Dr Fred Watson (AAO) and Dr Andrew Jacob (Sydney Observatory).
Gordon gentleman Tom Elliott's image, Barrenjoey Milky Way Arch, won the Wide-Field category this year. The image was taken at one of his favourite locations, the Barrenjoey Lighthouse in Pittwater.
The panorama combines 38 images of the Milky Way and the lighthouse.
"There's a wide angle picture of the sky combined with a wide angle picture of the foreground, but they're not the same wide angle," Dr Malin said.
"It's a strong image, mainly because of its symmetry, but also because of the difficulty of getting a lighthouse into an image like this.
"Lighthouses are usually tall and they would block off the Milky Way.
"So [the photographer] stood back from it a little bit and used a very wide angle lens which is why it looks a bit distorted."
See all of the winners and find out more HERE
Community Will Fight To Retain Mona Vale Hospital Emergency Department And Building: Structure Is 'Sound' Advocates State- No Need For Demolition
The new Northern Beaches Hospital is as far from residents in Palm Beach as it is from Bondi, advocates for Mona Vale Hospital said last week, reinvigorating the campaign to prevent its closure.
Parry Thomas, former Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman, told a community forum on Wednesday night that the original reason for building the new hospital was to take pressure off Royal North Shore Hospital, which had no room to expand.
The current catchment for Mona Vale and Manly Hospitals was the coastal strip but that would grow for the new hospital - to include not only Frenchs Forest but suburbs like Roseville and possibly Mosman, Mr Thomas said.
“It doesn’t do diddly squat for us,” he told the meeting.
“If you live in Avalon, you’re being asked to travel to Frenchs Forest, which is as far as asking someone from Bondi, from Camperdown, from Five Dock, from Beecroft – just goddamn unreasonable.”
Northern Beaches Hospital map by Zoe Wild
It was standing room only at the forum in Mona Vale Memorial Hall, organised by the Protect Pittwater Association to alert residents to the closure of Mona Vale Hospital on October 30 and of shortcomings with the new arrangements.
MVH Emergency department currently assesses around 80-90 patients per day with 30-40 of these requiring admission.
- Australian Nurses and Midwives Association NSW officer Dennis Ravlich
The Northern Beaches Hospital site surrounds will be a building site for the next 20 years because 20 storey buildings will be going into the precinct (for that amount of build-time) which will stymie access to the new hospital.
- Professor Richard West, A.M., former RPA Surgeon
Mona Vale Hospital is structurally sound, we (Save Mona Vale Hospital organisation) have researched this.
- Parry Thomas, former Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman
Full Report by Protect Pittwater Association runs HERE - includes John Illingworth's films of speakers
Also running this Issue: Q&A With Greg Bruce: Health Services Union Ambulance Councillor And Serving Paramedic by Protect Pittwater Association
Bayview Seniors Development: Sydney North Planning Panel Notice Of Public Meeting Now Listed On DPR Webpage
B-Line To Newport NOT Going Ahead
Proposed roundabout demonstration by residents at B-Line to Newport Rally, 2017 - photo supplied
Newport Bus Improvements Take A Different Route
Warriewood Valley Development Rezoning Rejected By Council Now Approved By Sydney North Planning Panel For Flood Zone: '0' Becomes '22'!
Surf Lifesavers Tame Pool
Tuesday July 17th, 2018
Fauna monitoring in the upper catchment of Ingleside Chase Reserve: Success!
Winter In Pittwater
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