The next two overnight programme will be on 28 Dec. 2013 and 04 Jan. 2014
The program starts at 7.00 pm (IST) in the evening and runs up to 5.00 am (IST) next morning. The general outline of the programme is as follows:
Date: Saturday 28 Dec. 2013 and 04 Jan. 2013
Language of Instructions: English ( Basically bilingual with Marathi terms coming in)
1800 onwards : Registration for the programme
1830 to 1900 hours: Introduction of Telescopes
1900 to 2015 hours: First Sky Session
2015 to 2200 hours: Observations through Telescope
2200 to 2300 hours: Dinner Break
2300 to 0100 hours: Interactive Session
0100 to 0130 hours: Tea Break
0130 to 0230 hours: Second Sky Session
0230 to 0400 hours: Observations through Telescope
0400 to 0430 hours: Tea and discussions
0430 : Program ends
NOTE: Please check Sky Condition on the day and then travel to Vangani. If the sky is cloudy, the program may be called of around 2200 hrs at night.
These timings are tentative and may vary slightly depending on seasons and sky condition.
The programmes are attended by students of 10 years to elders up to 65+. Basic toilet facilities are available for gents and ladies. The basic pre-requisite for the programmes is your interest in Astronomy. Our experts will guide you through night sky and will teach you all basics throughout the night.
You should carry your dinner tiffin, a cup for tea, mattress / chatai for seating on open ground, sweaters, hand gloves, head scarf / muffler, Mosquite Repellant, Water bottle, small torch (covered with red cellophane paper).
Please note that we are not able to provide any of the above things at Vangani.
Location and How to reach:
Khagol Mandal Sky Observation Site
At Chavan Farm House
Next to Vidya Vikas School
Tarangan Marg (Savara Road), Vangani (W)
The observation site is at a walkable distance from Vangani Railway Station (about 10 minutes’ walk), which is on Central Railway of Mumbai Suburb. The 4.30 pm train on Karjat route from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) will take you to Vangani at about 6.00 pm. This is a station next to Badlapur Station.
Rs. 130 /- per person for Non Members
Rs. 100/- per person for Students below 18 years and Members.
The charges are for the upkeep of the place and the rents to be paid. Tea given during the programme is complimentary from Khagol Mandal.
The charges are non-refundable, even if the programme does not take place, because of incidental heavy rains or for any other reason beyond our control.
CST- Karjat: 1630 (Dep) : 1800 (Arr)
Thane-Karjat: 1749 (Dep) : 1849 (Arr)
All trains going to Karjat and Khopoli stop at Vangani.
For train timings refer to www.mumbailifeline.com