Dark Skies @ Dindima | 12 January 2019


You’re invited to join us at Dindima Wines during the 2019 summer holidays for a picnic tea in the vineyard followed by stargazing and star stories presented by astronomers Trevor* and Tina† Leaman.

This occasion is also a 100 Hours of Astronomy Registered Event that is part of the global centennial celebration of the International Astronomical Union. Amateur and professional astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts and the general public will come together to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for space and the heavens.

The Leamans will take you on a cross cultural exploration of the summer night sky above Mt Canobolas, delving into classical

Greco-Roman, Wiradjuri and other indigenous skylores with particular focus on Orion, the Pleiades, the Southern Cross and other seasonally prominent features.

* Trevor is a PhD Researcher & member of the Australian Indigenous Astronomy Group. He is studying the astronomical knowledge & traditions of the Wiradjuri people of Central NSW.
† Tina is an Outreach Astronomer, teaching others to navigate and appreciate the sky, a realm that transcends all cultural borders.


Provided:   Telescopes for observing the sun safely as well as the stars & planets at night.

Activities booklet for children.

Fire pits for keeping warm should it become chilly & for toasting marshmallows provided there is no fire ban.

Hot drinks & marshmallows.

Available:    Dindima wines for purchase by the bottle from the cellar door (other alcoholic drinks are not permitted on the site).

Poppers and cans of soft drink.

Wear:  Come prepared with extra clothes & head gear as the temperature can drop significantly at night.

Bring:    Your own telescope and binoculars if you have them.

Your own picnic food to enjoy before the evening viewing along with plates, cutlery, glasses etc.

A rug or folding chair.

Small torch.


Venue: Dindima Wines, 859 Cargo Road, Nashdale. (Just 10km west of Orange G.P.O.)


Date: Saturday 12 January, 2019. Should the weather be inclement there will be an indoor option which will present what you would see if the night sky was clear.


Time: 7.00pm to 10.00pm.  Please be on time so you can safely view the setting sun.

           If you need a little assistance with calibrating your telescope please arrive at 6.30pm.


Cost:     Family - 2 adults + 2 children - $65

Adults - $25 each           

Children under 5yrs FREE           

Children 5yrs to 17yrs - $10 each




We Look Forward To Sharing The Evening With You