Star Stuff III 2024 Timetable

We’re so excited to see you at Star Stuff III – 2024! 

Please find the run sheet for the day here. Check back for updates as details may change or be updated.

8:30am Registration Open
Grab some breaky then head to the Banksia Pavilion to pick up your physical ticket, your guest goodies and enter the day's prize draws! Gates will be open from Bayshore Drive so you don't have to come through the resort lobby unless you'd like to!
9:30amWelcome & News
Head inside the pavilion for the beginning of Star Stuff.
9:45amRobert Brangwin
Port Macquarie Observatory
Introducing the region's new Astronomy Science Centre
10:00am Dr Annie Handmer (Optus)
Worth a Look: A bunch of interesting things you didn't know about satellites.
10:45amShort Break
11:00amDylan O'Donnell
101 Things to Do With a Telescope Before You Die
It's easy to get stuck in a rut with your astronomy or astrophotography. When you're done looking at the moon and the big targets, many people put their telescopes in the closet where they gather dust. Dylan will share an amazing list of possibilities that will help you unlock the true potential of your equipment before you put it back in the box.
11:30am Q&A and QHY200M Camera giveaway worth $499!
11:45amLunch Break
Eat at the resort restaurant (Opens 12pm), poolside cafe, pizzas, or grab a bento box right outside!
1:00pmTerry Lovejoy
My journey to becoming a comet discoverer
1:30pmQ&A and QHY715C Camera giveaway worth $359!
Dr Kirsten Banks
Unmasking Red Giant Impostors
Get an intimate look into the lives of stars as they transform into magnificent red giants. Discover how these celestial giants can be used to map the Galaxy and reveal its hidden history. However, not all red giants are what they seem—some are impostors and not as useful for mapping the Galaxy. Join the newly minted Dr Kirsten Banks as she unveils the methods used to identify these impostors and "yeet them out the airlock." Find out how cutting-edge research and advanced techniques are helping to distinguish useful red giants from their deceptive counterparts in this engaging and enlightening presentation.
Q&A and QHY715C Camera giveaway worth $359!
2:45pmAfternoon Tea Break
3:30pmProfessor Lisa Harvey-Smith
A long and winding career: Behind the scenes in radio astronomy
Explore the trials, tribulations and sleepless nights of an international career in professional astronomy research, going behind the scenes at some of the world’s biggest telescopes and sharing travels with Apollo astronauts and the world’s best science communicators.
4:30pmTrevor Jones (AstroBackyard)
Deep-Sky Astrophotography is for Everyone
Trevor Jones (AstroBackyard) will explain how anyone can photograph stunning deep-sky objects, like galaxies and nebulae, from your own backyard.

From building a beginner-level astrophotography kit, to image processing tips and tricks, this presentation will open your eyes to what is now possible using amateur equipment.

His simplistic approach will help you avoid the frustration and confusion many beginner astrophotographers face and set you on a path to success.
5:00pmQ&A and QHY678C Camera giveaway worth $520!
5:15pmBreak for Dinner & Stargazing at "Heart of the Bay" headland by the ocean at the rear of Elements resort (weather permitting). In the event of inclement weather a movie will be played after dinner, and guests are invited to share a drink at the terrace or at the bar or poolside.
7:00pmVIP Gala Dinner
Doors reopen at the Banksia Pavilion. VIP ticket holders should make their way inside at this time for a luxury 3 course meal!
(Diners with dietary requirements will have set seating, as will speakers and sponsors - otherwise just grab a seat at a table where you like!)
7:45pmAstroBackyard / Dylan O'Donnell
NOT Hot Ones Livestream Interview
Watch as the world's favourite YouTube astronomer has an interview with Dylan O'Donnell as they eat 10 chicken wings and the official Hot One's 2004 season hot sauces of increasing chilli intensity. Will either of them survive? This segment will be livestreamed on Dylan's YouTube Channel for everyone who didn't get a VIP ticket or couldn't attend in person! You won't want to miss this (possible train wreck).
Celestron VIP Giveaway
Celestron will be giving away a massive 12" StarSense Dobsonian worth $2699! All VIP ticket holders will be in the draw to win!