Khagol Mandal announces next overnight programme at Vangani on 1 March 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 1 March 2014
Language of Instructions: ENGLISH
VENUE: Khagol Mandal site, Chavan Farm House, Vangani
ENTRY OPEN; SPOT BOOKING
1900 to 1930 hours: Registration for the programme
1930 to 1945 hours: Introduction of Telescopes
1945 to 2030 hours: First Sky Session
2030 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 0430 hours: Observations through Telescope
These timings are tentative and may vary slightly depending on seasons and sky condition.
What is special for March 2013 program?
The sky is full of beautiful objects and variety of events. We show the sky and many such objects using telescopes. The objects include planets, star clusters, double stars, nebulae, galaxies and many more.
Evening Session: The bright Jupiter will be in the sky be seen in the telescope. We will get to see the beautiful Jupiter with its bands and satellites. The magnificent Andromeda galaxy might be just visible at the setting time. The star studded clusters of H-X, the variable star Algol, the binary star Albeiro will make our evening full of observations. We also get to see Sirius, the brightest star in night sky along with magnificent Orion constellation. In this session, we get to see zodiacal constellations of Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer and Leo. The Seven Stars of Ursa Major are just rising.
Morning Session: The rising sky of first session will be over head or setting now. We will see Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra and the Scorpius will be rising. The seven stars of Ursa Major will help us point the pole star easily and we will also get glimpse of double star Vasistha. The main attraction of the session is that we will get a glimpse of the 'Lord of Rings' planet Saturn! In this session, we get to see zodiacal constellations of Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Scorpius. At the end of session Sagitarius will be in the east. There will be half moon from midnight and so we will get to see the craters of moon as well.
You should carry your dinner tiffin, a cup for tea, mattress / chatai for seating on open ground, sweaters, hand gloves, head scarf / muffler, Water bottle, small torch (covered with red cellophane paper).
Please note that we are not able to provide any of the above things at the site.
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.
Vangani is a station next to Badlapur Station.
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
Our volunteers will receive you at the station and take to field by walking.
The path going towards our site has been named as "Tarangan Marg" by the villagers of Vangani.
Please note that the program ends at 4 am on Sunday morning and there is no return train from Vangani after midnight.
Train Timings for Departure towards Mumbai at Vangani Station:
0403 am, 0459 am, 0517 am, 0544 am, 0614 am.
You can come by your own vehicle. We do not provide specific parking space at the farmhouse.
There is lot of free space around road where you can park your vehicle at your own risk.
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.
There is no pre-booking for these two programs. Anyone interested can come directly and book on the spot.
For details check: www.khagolmandal.com
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