Site Last Updated February 28-2014
(Water on Mars)
Welcome to The S.E.T.I Research & Community Development Institute Limited web Site. It is our intention to keep you informed on the happenings and ongoing work of the Amateur SETI movement in Australia. We are a non-government, non-profit organisation that has as it's members, some of the brightest minds in the world of science. We exist due to the generous assistance of our sponsors and friends. Some of these organizations and individuals are listed below and we are grateful for their contributions to our cause.
group came into existence in 1998 when attending the
SETI In the 21st Century conference at the University of Western
Sydney, Campbelltown NSW. We were a group of Seti League members
attending the conference and in between the various papers being
presented, the delegates had the opportunity to mix and enjoy some
informal discussions. After returning to Brisbane (QLD Australia) an
informal meeting with some of our
colleagues occurred and we decided that our group should get fully involved
with designing and constructing our own SETI Observatory. After all,
the Southern Hemisphere offered one of the best astronomical viewing
sites in the world. The task
was enormous. We needed land, electrical power, equipment, willing
How and who would be so generous to help us out? Well, as it turned
out, many individuals and companies came forward to assist us with
all aspects of the design, and construction of a facility that would
rival anything done elsewhere in the world. SO, OUR MISSION was to
do all of the above on a shoe string budget. Yeah Alright, pull the other
leg!!! Seriously, we have done it. Our sponsors and willing labour
force have done the seemingly impossible. We now have a block of
land (2acres) in Southern Queensland with a 13KW Solar Power
Station, 2 large 40 Ft dishes, a 14inch Celestron C-14 Optical
Telescope facility with C.C.D. camera, accommodation for caretaker and
visitors, equipment buildings and most other things to allow us to
start doing what we set out to do, provide a first class
Astronomical facility to assist the rural educational community and
to provide the availability to both Radio and Optical telescope facilities
that are accessible to the future scientists of Australia. This website
aims to keep you informed as to our progress. We hope that you enjoy
your visit with us. We will endeavour to make your visits here
enjoyable. Many sections of the website get updated. Just cruise
around regularly and keep up-to-date with what we are up to.
Oh, and please sign our guestbook we value your comments.
Special Web Sites and Features
From Our Activities in Boonah
News News SITE WEBCAMS are Here Now !!
Broadband ADSL is now installed and working at the
Observatory site so we have setup three webcams for you to look
at. Our local area network is finished being configured and all is
looking good. The new cameras will provide new pictures every 60 seconds of the site in
Boonah. Stay tuned. Not only will this monumental event provide cute pix
of our activities but it will allow us to easily control the site
remotely. A huge development for us. Our fourth and final webcam will be
active at night and will be pointed at the sky. This will allow our
northern hemisphere visitors to get a look at the southern hemisphere
sky almost in real time.
Click any of the above three pictures to get a
larger view of the site webcam images at the observatory. The pictures are updated every
seconds so re-load often to see interesting things like
and two cute hare's and
other local wildlife from around the area. At weekends especially
Saturday you will see us working away at our current project.
Dishes Get A LOGO
of our members, Henk Mulder is a graphics design guru and he came to the
site to do some lovely art on the surface of our dishes. Henk had the
Logo cut out to make a template, then he sat in the dish and painted the
logo by hand. Looks great doesn't it? Thanks Henk.
Feature Video Project.
The Hidden Cost Of
Eric Butler contacted us about featuring his video on the costs of light
pollution not just to the astronomical world, but the world in general.
See what you think about it.
Equipment Upgrades for Optical and Radio Telescopes
Late last year (2011) we ordered some important upgrades for our Celestron C-14 telescope and our radio receivers. Even though our systems worked just fine it was decided that the time had come for some
necessary improvements to the line up. We settled upon the Losmandy Gemini GoTo system for the optical telescope. Well it's here and waiting to be installed. We also ordered two SDR 1.5 "Andrus" wide band radio receiving systems. Made by Andrus Aaslaid in Estonia, these radios support Diversity mode with two antenna inputs and a LAN connection port that will allow us to isolate the
receiving systems at the antenna. We will then be able to control the receiving systems over an
Ethernet connection using readily available software that's "off the shelf" such as SDR-Radio. They have software available that lets you use your radio's remotely over the Internet.
Below at left is the Losmandy G11 GoTo System and at right is the new SDR Radio's.
Life Among the Stars
The Bio-Astronomy 2002 conference was held in Australia at Hamilton Island 8 ~ 12 July. Some of our members attended and some preliminary snapshots and captions can be found
The proceedings can be purchased from this link
Could our UNIVERSE be one giant
Neil Boucher investigates this possibility in his essay titled
SIMULATION OF THE UNIVERSE. It asks
fundamental questions about our own reality, if there really is one
See what NASA'S Hubble sees, with the click of a mouse
Each day, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope collects enough information and images to fill five encyclopaedia's. Now, anyone with access to a computer and the World Wide Web can see the most exciting pictures captured by the world's first space-based optical telescope.
A new web site, "Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe," highlights the unique contributions to astronomy by this tireless observatory. The exhibition was developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, MD, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution
To experience the new "Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe," visit: http://hstexhibit.stsci.edu
The Hubble's official online science web site is located at:
Ground Breaking News
Astrobiology Magazine This site is dedicated to the subject of Astrobiology so you can keep up to date with all the current news on this subject here.
The fifth-brightest star in the night sky may be home to planetary
system similar to ours, according to new research by astronomers at
the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. Computer modelling techniques
have shown that the structure of a faint dust disk around Vega can
be best explained by a Neptune-like planet orbiting at a similar
distance to Neptune in our own solar system and having similar mass.
Panspermia.org Life on Europa or other moons? Scientists say "probably"?
Eso.org The European Southern Observatory is an intergovernmental, European organisation for astronomical research. It has eight member countries. E.S.O. operates astronomical observatories in Chile and has its headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany.
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We are pleased to announce this site was chosen,
as winner of the SETI SuperStar Award for the month of May 2000.