Astrofest Raffle 2019

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.
  • If you are unable to pick up your prize from either the camp or any representative Club meetings, winners to pay registered postage or freight of prize.


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  • MajorSponsor
  • 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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    • MajorSponsor
  • Starlight Instruments are makers of fine focusers and telescope adapters of all kinds.
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  • Quasar has been producing their yearbook each year since 1991, continuing to take the Australian stargazer on a wondrous journey of the night sky. Written by Australians for Australians, the yearbook has been designed for anyone who looks at the night sky whether they are using just their eyes, a
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  • Bunnings continue to support Qld Astrofest through the supply of 2-step platform ladders - helping astronomers up to the eyepiece!   About Bunnings: Our ambition is to provide our customers with the widest range of home improvement products in accordance with our lowest prices policy, backed with the best service.  Our
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  • For over 20 years Sky-Watcher has built its reputation among astronomers with reliable, high-quality equipment at affordable prices. No matter your experience or budget, there will be a Sky-Watcher telescope for you! They have the widest range of mounts, complete telescopes and separate optical tubes of any global telescope supplier. 
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    • MajorSponsor
  • Meade Instruments have a long reputation for being at the forefront of innovative telescope design. They continue to add to their impressive list of “firsts” in areas of computer control, flexible mounts, advanced optical design and improvements to their lines aimed at those starting out in astronomy. Meade also offers
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    • MajorSponsor
  • Australian Sky & Telescope is the major astronomical publication for amateurs in this country.
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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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  • Astrovisuals has been producing Astronomical Visual Materials since 1983. Our current range includes Calendars, Sky and Moon Maps, apps, stickers, fridge magnets and a Sun Dial.  
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  • Established in 2006 by our parent company, Optical Structures Incorporated, Farpoint is the #1 manufacturer of unique astronomical accessories worldwide. We offer everything the discerning amateur astronomer is seeking.  From high-end telescopes and binoculars to eyepieces and filters, plus laser collimation devices, specialized focus masks, and custom carrying cases –
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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 Orion Moon Maps Peter Davis
Bintel Orion Moon Maps Geoff Biggs
Bintel Orion Moon Maps Brendan Downs
Bintel Orion Moon Maps Dean Vickers
Bintel Orion Moon Maps Michale Rowlands
Bintel ZWO ASI 290MM Camera Doug Edwards
Bintel TeleVue DeLite 7mm + autographed cap Dean Vickers
Celestron Australia Gift Voucher $1000 Dennis Narramore
Celestron Australia Beanie Anthony Grimshaw
Celestron Australia Beanie Peter Davis
Celestron Australia Beanie Colin Odgard
Meade Australia Meade 15x70 astronomical binoculars Dean Vickers
Meade Australia Meade 15x70 astronomical binoculars Tony Piccini
Meade Australia Meade 15x70 astronomical binoculars Blake de Bruan
Meade Australia Meade 15x70 astronomical binoculars Gary Garonski
Skywatcher Australia Heliofind Solar Mount Renato Langersek
Skywatcher Australia Gift Certificate $500 John Cross
StarLight Instruments Gift Certificate $US 200 Michael Rowlands
Optical Structures Gift Certificate $US 50 Darryl Harvey
Bunnings Gorilla 2 step ladder Emily Saviers
Bunnings Gorilla 2 step ladder David O'Driscoll
Australian Sky & Telescope 1 year subscription Christine Krebs
Astrovisuals Calender Tony Kim
Astrovisuals Calender Doug Edwards
Astrovisuals Calender Doug Edwards
Astrovisuals Calender Damian Ousley
Astrovisuals Calender Fraser Smith
Astrovisuals Calender Jameson Hartel
Astrovisuals Calender Steena Keeble
Astrovisuals Calender Igor Hodoba
Astrovisuals Calender Terry Cuttle
Astrovisuals Calender Doug Edwards
Astrovisuals Calender Phil Miles
Astrovisuals Calender Ray Johnsson
Astrovisuals Calender Hayden Piggirs
Astrovisuals Calender Doug Edwards
Astrovisuals Calender Colin Odgaard
Astrovisuals Calender Doug Edwards


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