1st 2019 Essay Competition Announced


We are very happy to announce our first essay competition of 2019! You could win your very own telescope — worth $30,000 GYD — just by writing a short essay!

See details below.

Just submit a short essay (700 – 1200 words max) to us supporting the moot ‘We should preserve access to the night sky’. The essay should address the growing problem of light pollution and what a country like Guyana can do to ensure we preserve and value the night sky.

If your essay is chosen as providing a carefully articulated and well-argued position, you will be the winner of a beautiful 90mm Explore Scientific telescope. See image below.

This telescope is excellent for a beginner or experienced stargazer. It is easy to use, super portable, and lightweight. Comes with every accessory you need, including a smartphone adapter.

To submit your essay, either email ferlin@aaagy.org or send us an attachment as PDF in messenger. It’s that easy!

Both the general public and registered members of AAAG are invited to participate. Excluded are committee and honorary members.

Deadline to submit is August 2nd, 2019!!! So mark your calendars!

The winner will be announced by the end of August as we carefully read through submissions.

So grab your pens (or computers) and get writing! We can’t wait to read your submissions. Good luck, and clear skies wherever you are in Guyana! 🧐🔭🖋️🗒️

If you haven’t visited our website as yet, go check it out. Membership is free! https://aaagy.org

(Note: This competition is restricted to residents of Guyana only).

2018 – Christmas Star Party at the Seawall



We held a successful Christmas star party last year (2018). There was approximately 40 guests who showed up, though at differing time intervals. We had four telescopes that were assembled, ready to observe the Moon and other objects within observable range. Cloud cover did make seeing conditions challenging, but gradually cleared up to allow for decent viewing. Continue reading

Astronomy Outreach at Marian Academy

I spent a couple hours with some very intelligent kids at Marian Academy on Friday, 23rd November. Marian Academy is a beautiful private school with a Roman Catholic heritage based on Carifesta Ave.

I took my ES-AR 102mm refractor telescope to demonstrate to kids the parts of a telescope, and how to use its basic features. We discussed why pursuing astronomy as a hobby could be beneficial in many ways; for instance, developing a sense of passion or meaning in life. Astronomy can do that! I then discussed about astrophotography, explaining how easy it is to get involved in taking pictures of the night sky. I gave them a tour of my own photos, and the equipment I used to take those photos. To my delight, they were engaged and curious. Continue reading

Tracking the Sky with your Own Astrolabe!

This DIY guide includes everything you need to get started. This is a project worth every effort!

Credit to Dominic Ford. Originally produced by Dominic Ford.

Make your own Astrolabe

A brass medieval astrolabe

An astrolabe is an elaborate instrument which combines a mechanical model of the sky’s rotation through the night – similar to a modern planisphere – with an observing instrument which allows the altitudes of objects in the night sky to be measured. Put together, these two components can be used the time of day, by determining the altitude of a star, and also at what time of day the sky’s rotation brings it to that height above the horizon.

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