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End of Season for Sky Shows !
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

End of Season !

On behalf of Team Khagol Mandal, we thank all the participants, well wishers and volunteers for cooperation and support during various Sky Shows from Nov-2014 to May 2015. This season turned out to be bleak one from observational point of view. Clouds and rain kept visiting again and again. 9th May 2015 was predicted as clear night sky and it began on a good note. Great visibility and then sudden onset of pre-monsoon rain washed out the show.

In past 30 yrs, this is only second time that a show was washed out due to rains.  We are thankful to participants who helped our volunteer during the torrential rain.

Due to prevailing rains and prediction of early monsoon, we have to close the season ahead of time.  There will be no sky shows from May - Oct. 2015. We resume the Sky Sessions from Nov. 2015.

In the mean time, we will announce Workshops and Courses during the Monsoon time. Those who are interested can join us to learn astronomy with us.  We meet every Wednesday at Sadhana Vidyalaya, Nr Sion Station, Sion (E); 1830 to 2030 hrs.

For details/ queries send mail to : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Do join us !

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2015 18:24
English Sky Show at Neral on 9 May 2015
Written by Abhay Deshpande   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 08:06

The next show of new year 2015 at Neral is on 9 May 2015 ! Booking link is provided at the top of the site.

Date: Saturday, 9 May 2015

Time: 1900 (Sat) to 0400 (Sun)

Venue: Khagol Mandal Site, Saguna Baag Farmhouse, Neral

Charges: Rs. 250/- per person; Rs. 200/- for students from age 8 to 16 yrs.

Dinner: Optional at extra Rs. 150/- per person


Tentative Schedule:

1900 to 1930 hours: Registration
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.

Paraphernalia Required:
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.

The entry to the program is STRICTLY by PRE-BOOKING.

Where to meet ?
Meeting point is Nirman Park Society Gate on platform no. 1 at Neral station.

Location and How to reach:
Saguna Baag Farm House, Neral (W)

The new site is around 3.5 km from Neral Station. For those coming by train, pick up facility will be available from Neral Station. Ample Car parking space available.

The site is having all excellent amenities and is a theme area. For participants to Khagol Mandal Sky Program, entry will be restricted to the premises marked for Sky show. Entry to other area can be requested to the Farm House Owner and will be at extra cost.

The 4.30 pm train on Karjat route from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) will take you to Neral at about 6.08 pm. This is a station next to Selu Station. Towards Platform 2 side is Matheran mountain range while on Platform 1 side is the farm house direction.

Train Timings:
CST-Khopoli: 1525 (Dep) : 1705 (Arr)
CST- Karjat: 1630 (Dep) : 1808 (Arr)

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 16:07
Sky Position for March 2015
Written by Abhay Deshpande   
Saturday, 06 July 2013 09:53


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