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There’s numerous reasons why people become astronomers…

Many enjoy the beauty of the night sky, some enjoy technical astronomy, some do it for the camaraderie. Some are “armchair astronomers”, doing most of their “observing” in the pages of Sky & Telescope, while others are active visual observers. Some hunt for comets, some for supernovae, and some love variable stars & double stars. Then there’s the solar observers, the astro-photographers, and the telescope makers. Not to mention the (now not so new kid on the block), video astronomy.

But the common thread between all astronomers is an attraction to the night sky and a desire to understand the universe.

LucAstronomy.co.za is for all people interested in Astronomy – Amateur or Professional. Therefore, I invite you to come and experience the night sky and all the wonders the Southern Hemisphere Sky has to offer at The Sutherland Planetarium and Observatory. In collaboration with the Sutherland Planetarium I provide stargazing tours to families, small groups and individuals. I, Lucas Ferreira will be your “Night Sky” guide.

Please follow the “Night Sky Tours” link (here), or on the main menu for more information in regards to Astronomy Tours and shows offered by the Planetarium in Sutherland.

If you’re planning on joining an astronomy club, or require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me or The Sutherland Planetarium. We will be able to provide you with information about current Astronomy events, future meetings and Dark Sky events.

The Whole Family is Welcome!

I am a Authorized Telescope & Accessory Dealer – South Africa

Buying a Telescope, especially if it is your first one, can be a challenge. But don’t worry or look any further! With my years of experience as an Amateur Astronomer and working with various Astronomical equipment I can today professionally assist you in buying the perfect Telescope that will give you, your family and friends endless nights of viewing pleasure.

I offer the best prices and after sales service on Celestron, Sky-Watcher, Meade and Orion Telescopes & Accessories in South Africa, with various shipping options available. Whether you are looking for a Refractor Telescope, Reflector Telescope or Dobsonian, Catadioptric, Maksutov Telescope – I can provide them all. And if I don’t have it, I’ll do my best to source it.

I can also assist you in selling your 2nd Hand Telescope for the best possible price.

So what are you waiting for? Call me, Lucas NOW for a quote or expert advice on 083 3764 910 or email me at info@lucastronomy.co.za.

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SALT & Sutherland

About SALT

saltvertpano_sm_02The Southern African Large Telescope or SALT as it is known, is the single largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and the largest in Africa. It has a 10-metre diameter mirror, comprised of 91 identical spherical hexagonal segments. The telescope is tilted at a fixed angle of 37 degrees from the zenith, so that it moves only in azimuth, rotating into position on air bearings and remaining stationary during each observation. Precise pointing and tracking are handled by the moving optical corrector assembly and instrument payload at the top of the telescope tube.

This design is based on the Hobby-Ebberly Telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas, which is one of the international partners in the project. However, this design has been altered in many ways to accommodate requirements specific to SALT and to take advantage of the opportunity to optimise aspects of the design where difficulties have been identified with the HET performance.

SALT Mirror

This design allowed SALT to be built at less than a fifth of the cost of a conventional 10-metre telescope. About one third of the funding for SALT has come from the South African government, whereas, about 60% of the construction and development budget was spent within the country. The rest was funded by a consortium of international partners from South Africa, the United States, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Sunset & SALT

SALT will be able to record distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. Read More >

About Sutherland

wil3Gateway to the universe ……. that is what they call Sutherland. Land of snow and stars. The coldest place in the Republic of South Africa. The place where you find the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere……. a telescope so powerful that one could see a candle flame on the moon.

IMGP6542flashWhen you take the tar road from Cape Town , you turn off at Matjiesfontein, the famous English Karoo town with its splendid museum, then another 110 km and you reach Sutherland ….. not only famous for its Observatory but also for its pure , fresh air …… fresher than anywhere else in the world! Read More >

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