Astrofest Raffle 2018

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

If you would like to Sponsor the Queensland Astrofest, please contact the Registrar, and read our




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.  

Note : Astrofest Committee members are not elligible to purchase tickets.

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.
  • From members of the Committee at the event.

How much do tickets cost?

$2 per ticket, $5 for 3 tickets, $80 for a book of 50 tickets.

How is the raffle drawn?

The raffle is drawn during the Astrofeast on the last Saturday 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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  • Starlight Instruments are makers of fine focusers and telescope adapters of all kinds.
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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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  • 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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  • ExtraVision are retail, wholesale importers and distributors of optical products and associated accessories. They sell and repair Binoculars, Telescope, Microscopes, Rifle Scopes, Night Vision, Underwater Cameras and more. Hundreds of products are available on their website and through their resellers.   
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  • QHY Cameras represent excellent value for money. They produce outstanding results, are very rugged and well built. A diverse selection of models and use, including Astronomy, Medical, Industrial. Ongoing development and design, plus driver support updates. The QHY cameras have proven themselves in the field by both Amateurs and Pro's alike. They are currently
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  • Established as Astro Pete’s in 2011, we’ve now expanded our scope (pardon the pun) and rebranded to Astro Anarchy. Come visit Brisbane’s only astronomy store and browse the largest astronomy show room in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether you are a beginner or advanced user, our team members have years of
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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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  • SkySafari is the ultimate astronomy app for iOS, Android and macOS! SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled accuracy, flawless telescope control, and provides the very best experience under the
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  • Private donation of a pier for an EQ6.
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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.





Sponsor   Prize Winner
Bintel 1 ZWO’s ASI1600mm Pro Cooled Astronomy Mono Camera John Peacock
Sky-Watcher 2 Ultra-Wide 82° Eyepiece Kit Peter Bergan
3 50mm ED Guidescope with ED lenses and low dispersion 50mm diameter Hugh Perry
4 Wi-Fi Adapter for Sky-Watcher Mount Alison Beck
ExtraVision 5 APM 7x50 ED Binoculars David Hough
6 Baader 8-24 Zoom Eyepiece Wayne Howarth
7 Baader Hyperian 17mm Eyepiece John Peacock
8 Baader Hyperian 10mm Eyepiece Peter Davis     
9 Universal Mobile Phone Adapter Gabriel(le) Webster
10 Waterproof Accessory Case Alison Beck
11 Waterproof Accessory Case Alexander Colvin
12 Baader Skysurfer III Red Dot Finder Ray Jonsson
13 Book - "Eye in the Sky" Kim Brkic
14 Book - "Eye in the Sky" Hugh Esmond
15 Starry Night Pro Plus 7 (Win/Mac) David O'Driscoll
16 Starry Night Pro Plus 7 (Win/Mac)  Alexander Colvin
17 Starry Night Pro 7 (Win/Mac) Ben Rigby
18 Starry Night Pro 7 (Win/Mac) Doug Edwards
19 SkySafari 6 Pro App iOS/Android Ross Marshall
20 SkySafari 6 Pro App iOS/Android Will Godward
Astro Anarchy 21 Star Adventurer bundle Wayne Howarth
22 Celestial Buddies plush Planets Gabrielle Burnett (Mars),
Levi Carter (Neptune),
Amanda Floether (Mercury), 
Anne McDonald (Jupiter),
Alan Meehan (Saturn),
Michael Webster (Venus)
Astro Devices 23 Nexus DSC Emily Hadfield
Gama Electronics 24 QHY5R-II Guiders/Planetary imagers Atessa (John Peacock)
25 QHY5R-II Guiders/Planetary imagers Renato Langersek
Donated 26 EQ6 Mount Pier, hollow 900 (L) x 140 (Dia) aluminium tube Peter Davis
ATMQ 27 Camera Tracking Platform and tripod Brian Gilby
Starlight Instruments 28 Gift Voucher (USD) Jonathan Bradshaw
Donated 29 Viewing Chair Wayne Howarth
Donated 30 Telrad plus Solar Finder David O'Driscoll
Astrovisuals 31 Fridge Magnet set Max Francis
32 Fridge Magnet set Anne McDonald
33 Moon maps David Hough
34 Moon maps Peter Bergan
35 Moon maps David O'Driscoll
36 Moon maps Alan Meehan
37 Moon maps Anthony Grimshaw
38 Moon maps Doug Edwards
39 Moon maps Michael Hamilton
40 Moon maps Unclaimed
41 Calendar Anthony Grimshaw
42 Calendar Denis Audet
43 Calendar Damian 
44 Calendar Peter Bergan
45 Calendar David O'Driscoll
46 Calendar Chris Cox
47 Calendar Jonathan Bradshaw
48 Calendar Alexander Colvin
49 Calendar Ben Carr
50 Calendar Bob Clarke
51 Calendar Atessa (John Peacock)
52 Calendar Amanda Floether
53 Calendar Levi Carter


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