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Event Summary

Gondrani, Pakistan
Feb 17
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Event Details & Reservation

“How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”

― Plato, The Allegory of the Cave

Karachi Astronomers Society (KAS) announces its 43rd Rutjaga at the remote and extremely dark-sky location of Caves City (Gondrani) in Balochistan.

This is an adventure trip with little-to-no civic facilities in contrast to our previous event at Gharo. You will love the darkness of the sky with majestic mountains, dotted with caves serving as a spooky foreground.

When: 17-18 February 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Caves City, Gondrani, Balochistan - around 230 KMs from Karachi
Expected temperature: Approximately 10 degree celsius.

What's included?

1. A/C Transport (Coasters)
2. Caves visit.
3. Night Sky Tour
4. Sky watching tips and hands-on demos
5. Telescopic observation
6. Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
7. Tea (at arrival, after dinner, at night and in morning)
8. Equipment discussions

What’s not included?

- First aid and medicine
- Camps, sleeping bags
- Any additional costs that may be incurred due to unforeseen conditions. However, this is the organizers' 43rd Rutjaga and in no Rutjaga so far the participants have had to pay additional charges.

Schedule - Saturday, 17th February

08:45 AM - Meeting time
09:30 AM - Departure
01:00 PM - Lunch
03:30 PM - Arrival, group photo, sightseeing
06:00 PM - Astronomy starts
06:30 PM - Sky Tour/Observations
09:00 PM - Dinner (BBQ)
10:30 PM - Talk on Astrophysics and Cosmology
12:00 PM - Deep sky astronomy.

*Highlights of the Night Sky*

Andromeda galaxy,
Leo triplet of galaxies
Double Cluster in Perseus.
Planetary observation: Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
Star formation site of Orion nebula.
Star Clusters

Schedule - Sunday, 18th February

07:00 AM - Breakfast
08:00 AM - Departure
01:00 PM - Karachi (Approx)


*All payments are non-refundable.*

Rs. 5800/- per head
Rs. 5300/- per head for KAS paid members, and groups of 3+.

How to register?

1. Deposit the money in the account below through Internet banking, crossed-check, cash deposit. (No event-day payments).

A/C Title: Bilal Karim Mughal
Number: 007802510040796
IBAN: PK20SONE0007802510040796
Soneri Bank Limited.

2. Email the deposit slip to [email protected] or WhatsApp it at 0341-3178528 as soon as you're done with the payment.

Spots will be confirmed only after full payment is received.

3. Fill the form: https://goo.gl/VnGN4U

* Seats available on come first, get first basis
* Registration deadline: Thursday, February 15 at 06:00 pm or whenever the seats are full


- The night WILL be really cold, therefore the participants should dress adequately, with at least two layers on torso and legs and head covered.

- The trip is friendly for families and solo-traveling women. Bringing toddlers or minors is not recommended due to rigid terrain and lack of facilities.

- Participants are responsible for their belongings themselves; the organizers will not be responsible for any loss of your items.

- Please bring mosquito/insects repellents.

- We recommend wearing shoes throughout the night. Chappals are not recommended.

- Drinking/drugs/weapons are not allowed.

- Proper washrooms are NOT available. Makeshift washroom for females only.

- No mobile/camera battery charging facility

- No white torches allowed after 6:00 PM. Red ones are fine, you can make the white ones red by using a red tape.

- Green laser pointers are not allowed.

- Camera flashes and mobile phone flash/torch not allowed after sun set. Only red light is allowed

- Tents/sleeping bags will not be provided. People wishing to sleep can bring their own or enjoy astronomy all-night with us.

- You are allowed to bring 2 b


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