The Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club Inc (TRAC) is a group of keen, local amateur astronomers in the Tamworth region of New South Wales, Australia, with the aim of promoting the science of astronomy.
The Club's formation was inspired by the former Lowe Observatory at Bendemeer near Tamworth and the Club's subsequent acquisition of several large, high quality telescopes.
The Club was established in 2015, become an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation in January, 2016 and has been accepted by Tamworth Regional Council as a Section 355 Committee. Under the Section 355 arrangements the Club, in conjunction with Tamworth Regional Council, has developed the Astronomy and Science Centre at Victoria Park in East Tamworth.
Our goal is to provide educational opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about astronomy and associated sciences. We conduct regular meetings and observing nights using our large optical telescopes.
TRAC is a registered STEM provider on the Office of the Chief Scientist's STARPortal website that "makes the connections to STEM learning activities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create."
Our members are from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions with a common passion for observing our amazing universe and sharing our knowledge and skills in the field of amateur astronomy with others in the community.
Many of our members own or have built their own telescopes and the Club is extremely fortunate to own one of the largest amateur telescopes in Australia - a 0.9 metre (36 inch) dual focus reflector (pictured at left) purchased and donated to TRAC by Warwick and Margie Schofield. The Club is also the proud owner of the historic 34 inch Hewitt Camera (see AASC page for more details).
We look forward to the opportunity of using these amazing instruments to help promote an interest in astronomy across the Tamworth region and beyond.