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Stuart Jackson 2004

Gibson Desert 1997

Gunbarrel Highway
Gibson Desert, Western Australia, September 19-28, 1997.

In September 1997 I travelled to the Gibson Desert on a research expedition with people from CALM and the Perth Observatory. Being a keen amateur astronomer, this was a chance to observe the night sky from some of the most isolated and darkest skies in Australia.

Our expedition had three main goals
1) Research into the effects on native animals from the baiting for feral predators at Eagle Bore Camp.
2) Astronomical observation and photography of the night sky from a remote location.
3) A trip to Surveyors General Corner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1922 Boundaries Act. Surveyors General Corner is where the borders of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory intersect. This landmark is not accessable to the public as it is situated in a restricted Aboriginal Reserve.

About the Expedition Team
Map of our Travels
19th SeptPerth to Nallan Station
20th SeptNallan Station to Carnegie Homestead
21st SeptCarnegie Homestead to Eagle Bore Camp
22nd SeptEagle Bore Camp
23rd SeptEagle Bore Camp
failed attempt to get to Surveyor General Corner
24th SeptEagle Bore Camp to Young Ranges
25th SeptYoung Ranges to Mount Worsnop
26th SeptMount Worsnop to Pikul Rockholes
27th SeptPikul Rockholes to Kalgoorlie
28th SeptKalgoorlie to Perth

Expedition Literature - UWA Extensions, CALM and Perth Observatory.
Environment Australia.
Expedition Diary - compiled by the expedition team.
Photos taken by the author.

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