Field trip to Dahanu

The Amateur Astronomers’ Association (Bombay) is happy to announce its first field trip of 2016.

We will have a general night sky observation and photography.

Date : Night of 9th January, 2016(Saturday - Sunday).
Venue : Village Bhundapada, Kainad Road, Station: Dahanu Road (Western line)
Participation fee: No fee for members and Rs 400/= for non-members. The fee will cover use of the premises only. Transport and dinner will NOT be covered by the participation fee. Members and non-members will be responsible for their own transport and dinner.
How to get there:
  1. Participants must plan to travel by the following trains:
  2. Going: 59439 Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Passenger.

    NoStationSch ArrSch DepDistance
    5VASAI ROAD(BSR)13:5013:5248
    9KELVA ROAD(KLV)14:3314:3479
    13DAHANU ROAD(DRD)15:4415:46120

  3. Returning: 93004 Dahanu Churchgate local.

    Mumbai Central09:49
    Churchgate (arr)10:02

Please read the following programme and joining instructions.
  1. All participants must reach Dahanu Road station by 4:00 p.m.
  2. Please buy a return ticket from your nearest local station to Dahanu Road Station

Saturday : 9th January, 2016

  16:00 Arrive Dahanu Road. Transfer to venue in autorickshaws.
  16:30 Arrive at venue.
  16:30 - 17:30 Interaction.
  17:30 - 18:30 Tea Break.
  18:30 - 20:30 Observation Session # I.
  20:30 - 21:30 Dinner, own arrangements.
  21:30 - 00:00 Observation Session # II.

Sunday, 10th January, 2016 :

  00:00 - 02:00 Observation Session # II continues.
  02:00 - 02:30 Tea break.
  02:30 - 05:00 Observation Session # III.
  05:00 - 06:00 Free.
  06:20 Board autorickshaw and depart for station.
  07:15 93004 Dahanu-Churchgate local departs Dahanu Road
What to carry:
  1. Torch light with red LED or red cellophane.
  2. Warm clothing (particularly to keep your feet and ears warm).
  3. Odomos
  4. Binoculars or telescope (if you have them).*
  5. Star chart (if you have it).*
  6. Camera and tripod (if you wish).
  7. Pen and notepad
  8. Dinner, water and light snacks or sweets to keep you going at night.
  9. Sufficient cash for meals and personal expenses.
  10. Bedsheet or a blanket.
Some Do’s:
  1. Take full responsibility for yourself during the trip.
  2. Observe the discipline and itinerary fixed by the organisers. You will be required to stay with the group at all times. Coming late and leaving early on your own will not be allowed unless in case of extreme emergency.
  3. Give the organisers the number of a contact person who can be reached in case of emergency.
  4. Take your assignments seriously.
  5. Be careful that you do not accidentally stroll in front of a camera that has been set up for long exposure or time lapse photography.
  6. Make sure you are strong enough to stay up all night. Chances to watch a clear night sky come rarely.

Please note the following contact details for registering for the trip:

Nilesh Vayada: or
Kumar Gaurav: 99870 86052 or
Some Don’ts:
  1. Do not be late either at the station or for the sessions.
  2. Do not make too much noise during the sessions.
  3. Do not shine your torch while observations are in progress.
  4. Do not use flash photography while observations are in progress.
  5. Do not wander away from the group at any time.
  6. Do not hold the organisers responsible for any unexpected or untoward incident during the trip. This includes direct or consequential injury, loss, inconvenience or damage.
  7. Do not consume alcohol, smoke, spit, litter or damage the premises in any way. We are guests of Adarsh Vidya Mandir who have given us their grounds for the sole purpose of increasing our knowledge of astronomy.
  8. A very strong view will be taken if any participant does not observe the discipline called for by the organisers.

The membership form can be downloaded from our website:

Please note the following contact details for membership:

Noshir Mulla: 92232 41770
Satish Kukade: 99204 84084

Kindly note that AAA (Bombay) will not be responsible if viewing conditions are below optimum on the day of the observation.

Happy skywatching!

With best wishes for clear skies!

Kumar Gaurav
Field Coordinator

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