Astrofest Raffle 2016

The raffle has been a regular event at Queensland Astrofest for many years, and its operation has changed little in all those years.  


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  • MajorSponsor
  • AstroShop are specialist supplier of high quality telescopes, binoculars and accessories including major brands such as Vixen (Japan) Sky-Watcher, Saxon telescopes, XAGYL and Farpoint astronomy accessories, DayStar H-alpha solar filters and telescopes, Thousand Oaks optical dew heaters and white light filters plus Baader products,high end  Moravian Instruments CCD cameras, William Optics, JMI, Hotech, ProStar
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  • Tasco Sales (Aust.) Pty Ltd. Is one of Australia’s leading privately owned small arms and optical suppliers with over 50 years trade experience and representing over 30 international partners we access a diverse and superior range of products catering for law enforcement sales, military sales and commercial sales as well
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  • Celestron will be forever be associated with their C8 SCT (Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) which revolutionised amateur astronomy decades ago. Since then, Celestron has been world leader in the development and production of telescopes and accessories for the serious astronomer. Their range extends from quality, affordable telescopes for the complete beginner through
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  • The Binocular and Telescope Shop is a retail store specializing in high quality optical products.  We have a large and diverse range and enjoy assisting our customers to purchase the products best suited to their requirements. Our Philosophy "Good quality sells itself." We believe this is true. 
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  • Gondwana Telescopes is the creation of long time amateur astronomer Alexander Massey. Alex has been a keen visual observer since he got his first little 2" refractor over thirty years ago. He has also had a passion for visual art, and astronomy and art found a natural partnership with Alex
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  • We are a small company based in Sydney, Australia. We develop software and hardware for amateur astronomers.  
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Major Sponsors: Winner
AstroShop: Colour CCD camera Damian Ousley
AstroShop: 2 inch 38mm ProStar/William Optics Eyepiece Michael Posaw
AstroShop: 3 Piece Orion/ProStar 1.25 inch eyepieces Louie (Wayne Howarth)
Celestron: Sky Prodigy 130 Peter Davis (Yandina Pete)
Bintel:Star Adventurer bundle Giri Cuttle
SkyWatcher: Star Discovery GoTo Telescope Louie (Wayne Howarth)
SkyWatcher: Acuter 20x80 Binoculars Morton Henderson
SkyWatcher:Skywatcher Eyepiece Kit Steven Pillifeant
AstroDevices: Nexus-I – Wireless Adapter for DSC Jeanette Lamb
AstroDevices:Nexus-II – Wireless Adapter for DSC  Ray Jonsson
AstroDevices:Nexus DSC – Digital Setting Circles Alex Massey (given to Peta Horvath)
Gondwana:Deluxe Observing Chair David O'Driscoll
Gondwana:astronomical sketch George Sutherland
Gondwana:astronomical sketch Michael Walsh
Gondwana: "Mini" Blinking Paddle Frank Wright
Gondwana: "Mini" Blinking Paddle Mark Gasiorowski
Import, Export & Distribution Services: large safety case Chris Wheeler
Starlight Instruments: $200 USD voucher Alice Antonov
Software Bisque: $99 USD voucher Kelvin Hutchinson
JMI: $50 USD voucher Iole Myles
ATMQ: mystery prize! (Observing chair) John Peacock
Ross Colvin:Star Wars figurine George Sutherland
Ross Colvin:Star Wars figurine Brendan Downs
Ross Colvin:Star Wars figurine Louie (Wayne Howarth)
Ross Colvin:Star Wars figurine Darren Horvath
Jeanette Lamb: astronomical themed nail art  Jordyn Sutherland
Jeanette Lamb: astronomical themed nail art  Catherine Wallace
Jeanette Lamb: astronomical themed nail art  Peter Davis
Jeanette Lamb: furry socks Ken Wishaw


Below is a list of those prizes that sponsors have indicated will be provided. Click on a prize to see more details of that prize (where they have been made available).  Note that some sponsors will provide details only once they have provdied the godos in question, and so this list may not be complete prior to the event.


Here are the guidelines under which the raffle operates.


Why do we have a raffle?

To support the cost of running Astrofest!  An event like this has a lot of costs, more than just the food and lodgings that most people consider.  There is insurance, the cost of repairs/replacement of the light shields and red lights, the cost of equipment that allow the Committee to operate the event effectively (eg the safe, the cash register, walkie talkies, loud speaker, computer…).  The profits from the raffle cover these costs, and have allowed the Committee over the years to largely absorb the increasing costs of these items and of food and lodgings.

Where do the prizes come from?

Each year we invite vendors locally, interstate and overseas to sponsor the raffle through the donation of prizes.  We have been amazed over the years by the contributions made by sponsors from around the world, but especially by those Australian sponsors who have regularly contributed.

It is important to note that these contributions are welcomed, but not expected.  We’ve all seen years when things have been tough, and the prizes that are available reflect this year to year.

The Committee publishes lists of prizes and sponsoring organisations on the website, and in recent years has tried to provide additional information and links to the sponsors websites in order to promote those businesses.

In some years, the Committee has organised additional prizes (through personal donations or purchases by the Committee) to supplement the prize pool. 

Who can buy tickets?

Anybody!  Tickets can be purchased:

  • Before or during Astrofest
  • Regardless of whether a person is attending Astrofest or not
  • Regardless of whether a person is an astroclub member or not
  • Regardless of whether a person is a vendor or not

There are no limits on the numbers of tickets any one person can purchase (apart from their ability to afford them).  

Note that Astrofest Committee members are not elligible to purchase tickets any longer.

How do you buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased in any ofthe following ways:

  • Prior to the event by approaching the Astrofest Representative from your Club
  • When registering online (this will be new in 2016) or by contacting the Registrar by mail or email
  • From members of the Committee at the event

How is the raffle drawn?

The raffle is drawn during the Astrofeast on the last Saturday night as part of the awards ceremony.  The process has changed a little from year to year, but generally goes like this:

  • A final call for ticket purchases is made at the Astrofeast
  • All tickets are “scrunched up” and placed in the barrel (these days we have a lovely clear barrel with a handle, courtesy of Bob Grimes)
  • The master of ceremony, after other awards are announced, calls for somebody to draw the first ticket.  This is usually the main speaker of the day if they are still with us, or some other notable person if not.
  • The ticket winner is announced to the hall, and the lucky winner gets to select the prize of their choosing.
  • The winner then draws the next ticket from the barrel, and we repeat until all prizes are exhausted (some years the next ticket is drawn before the prize is selected to expedite the process).
  • If a ticket is drawn for somebody who is not present, another person from the winner’s club (or otherwise close associate) makes a selection on their behalf unless that person has already registered a specific request with the Committee.
  • An individual may be drawn more than once, and is entitled to one selection per winning ticket.  They do have the option of declining (in which case another ticket is drawn) or allocating the selection of a prize to another member of the audience.
  • Sponsors who are present at the draw are entitled to have their photograph taken with the winner (and the donated prize)

Other notes

  • The Committee tries to publish the list of winners on the Astrofest website as soon as possible (subject to post Astrofest exhaustion).
  • In the event of a dispute, the chair of the Astrofest Committee has full and final say on any resolution.
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